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Mutter (software)

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Mutter
Developer(s)The GNOME Project
Initial releaseApril 2011; 8 years ago (2011-04)
Repository
Written inC
Engine
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Operating systemLinux, FreeBSD
Size500 KiB[1]
Type
LicenseGPLv2[2]
Websitedownload.gnome.org/sources/mutter/

Mutter is a window manager initially designed and implemented for the X Window System, and recently has evolved to be a Wayland compositor. It became the default window manager in GNOME 3, replacing Metacity[3] which used GTK+ for rendering. Mutter uses a graphics library called Clutter giving it OpenGL capability. Mutter is a portmanteau of Metacity and Clutter.

Mutter can function as a standalone window manager for GNOME-like desktops and serves as the primary window manager for the GNOME Shell,[4] which is an integral part of GNOME 3. Mutter is extensible with plugins and supports numerous visual effects. GNOME Shell is written as a plugin to Mutter.

Development[edit | edit source]

Adel Gadllah added support for HiDPI to version 3.13 of Mutter.[5]

In version 3.13.2 logind integration replaced mutter-launch.[6]

In version 3.13.3 (June 24, 2014) the server side bits of wl_touch_interface were implemented by Carlos Garnacho.[7][8][9][10]

Performance[edit | edit source]

OpenGL games run with a performance hit when using a compositing window manager; in June 2010, Phoronix evaluated this as similar for Mutter[11] and Compiz.[12]

Forks[edit | edit source]

Muffin is a fork of Mutter by the Linux Mint team for their Cinnamon desktop environment. Cinnamon's shell, a fork of GNOME Shell, is written as a plugin for Muffin.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Debian Mutter Package in sid".
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  3. Vervloesem, Koen (2009-08-04). "Mutter: a window manager for GNOME 3". LWN.net. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
  4. Kissling, Kristian (2009-07-08). "Mutter: Window Manager in GNOME's Future". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
  5. "wayland: Add basic hidpi support". 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  6. "mutter 3.13.2 release notes". 2014-05-27.
  7. "wayland: Implement the server side bits of wl_touch_interface". 2014-06-04.
  8. "mutter 3.13.3 release notes". 2014-06-24.
  9. "Bug 724442 - Touchscreen does not work".
  10. "3.13.4".
  11. Larabel, Michael (2010-06-21). "Mutter Can Cause A Gaming/OpenGL Performance Hit Too". Phoronix. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  12. Larabel, Michael (2010-05-21). "The Cost Of Running Compiz". Phoronix. Retrieved 2011-04-24.

External links[edit | edit source]


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