"Red Hat's Kristian Høgsberg has started a new
project, which is currently known as Wayland, and is just that: a
new lightweight X Server. Wayland isn't just a rewrite of the
current X Server, but instead it's a small server that is designed
around some of the latest graphics technologies such as kernel
mode-setting and the Graphics Execution Manager. Wayland also has
its own built-in compositing manager.
"The Wayland display server is very simple: everything is direct
rendered and composited. There is no complicated APIs or objects to
deal with like there is now with the X.Org Server. In an email to
Phoronix, Kristian Høgsberg, creator of Wayland and also
responsible for much of the DRI2 work in the current X.Org Server,
describes this project as "a new display server that implements
just the tiny fraction of X features that we actually use when
running a composited desktop.""