DE/compositor development notes - introduction
This blog post initiates a series on implementation of a new desktop environment.
The posts are not intended as comprehensvie documentation of the topics. They serve as working notes for me to ensure my understanding of the topics.
I limit the scope of the posts in the following ways:
- I only describe Linux. I am not currently focused on portability.
- I only describe modern Linux. Historical information is relegated to footnotes, and I won’t delve into explaining how outdated interfaces function if they have been completely replaced by modern ones.
- I only describe the desktop/laptop environment. The DE I am working on does not attempt to support embedded, handhelds, and other environments.
- I focus on describing modern hardware. The primary platform for the DE is Apple M1/M2, and the secondary platform is a modern PC with Intel graphics card. I won’t cover big-endian processors, exotic buses, or compositing without a GPU.
The posts will be updated as I expand and correct them. I welcome corrections, please send them to my e-mail.