CFV: New Project: Wakefield

Philip Race philip.race at
Wed Aug 11 13:41:16 UTC 2021

I hereby propose the creation of the Wakefield Project to implement 
support in JDK for the Wayland [1] display server for Linux with Phil 
Race as the lead and the Client Libraries Group as the sponsoring Group.

Background and Motivation:
As previously noted in the well received Call for Discussion [2], the 
Linux community has been working on a complete replacement for the 
1980's era X11 desktop display server protocol  with new protocols and 
libraries that support client-side rendering and a compositing desktop 
windowing system.

This is now the default desktop server technology on several Linux 
distros, including RHEL 8, OL 8, and Ubuntu 21.04, and some day may be 
the only display server, with X11 applications supported only via a 
compatibility mode, in which certain critical Java SE desktop APIs as 
implemented for X11 will not function completely and therefore will not 
be TCK compliant.

The Wakefield Project will pursue two goals:
- a short to medium term solution for JDK running on Wayland in X11 
compatibility mode
- a medium to long term solution for JDK running as a native Wayland 

The latter is the main goal but is significantly more work and will take 
years to fully complete and deliver, hence the need for the short term 
goal too.

In due course, one or more JEPs will be submitted based on work from 
this Project.

The proposed Project lead, Phil Race is the lead of the Client Libraries 
Group [3] and the Lanai Project [4] and has worked on the JDK client 
technologies for many years.

Proposed Initial committers include
Phil Race (prr)
Alexander Zvegintsev (azvegint)
Alexander Zuev (kizune)
Sergey Bylokhov (serb)
Kevin Rushforth (kcr)
Pankaj Bansal (pbansal)
Alexey Ushakov (avu)
Dmitry Batrak (dbatrak)
Maxim Kartashev maxim.kartashev at 
<mailto:maxim.kartashev at>
Nikita Gubarkov nikita.gubarkov at 
<mailto:nikita.gubarkov at>
Mario Torre (neugens)
Roman Kennke (rkennke)
Zdenek Zambersky <zzambers at>

A complete list will be provided to the registrar on the successful 
conclusion of this CFV.

Votes are due by 5pm PDT on Wednesday August 25th 2021.

Only current OpenJDK Members [5] are eligible to vote on this motion.
Votes must be cast in the open on the discuss list.
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For Lazy Consensus voting instructions, see [6].

-Phil Race.


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