Wayland ap­pli­ca­tions

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Be­sides the Gnome ap­pli­ca­tion suite (and any mod­ern GTK, or Qt ap­pli­ca­tion), there are a few apps that have na­tive Wayland sup­port. If you want a light­weight ter­mi­nal, for ex­am­ple, then Ter­mi­nol­ogy (from the En­light­en­ment desktop) is a good bet, as is the pop­u­lar Ter­mite (which you’ll need to com­pile your­self). You could then run every­thing in a ter­mi­nal, which earns you many geek points. For ex­am­ple, you can play mu­sic with ncm­pcpp, browse the web with Links or man­age files with Mid­nightCom­man­der. That’s not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea though, so let’s con­tinue. Screen­shots used to be a Wayland bug­bear, but not so with sway­grab (which is in­stalled with the sway pack­age). It can even cap­ture video too. If you’re more in­ter­ested in watch­ing videos, then MPV (a pop­u­lar de­scen­dant of the ven­er­a­ble Mplayer) works very well. There’s a nice light­weight image viewer called Imv too – ideal for Sway. SDL2 ap­pli­ca­tions (which in­cludes many games) sup­port Wayland too, through set­ting the en­vi­ron­ment vari­able SDL_VIDEODRIVER=wayland .

Be­side’s Gnome’s Epiphany, you’ll be hard pushed to find a (graph­i­cal) web browser that works na­tively in Wayland. Igalia have been work­ing on get­ting Chromium work­ing with video ac­cel­er­a­tion on Wayland for a while now, which is a se­ri­ous busi­ness. If you want to try out Fedora’s un­of­fi­cial Fire­foxNightly and De­vel­op­ment flat­paks, check out https://fire­fox-flat­pak.mo­jefe­dora.cz.

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