Standardizing privileged operations

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Discussion about standardizing how privileged operations like screenshots or registering global hotkeys can be done.


With wayland apps which want to do certain privileged operations, like taking a screenshot or registering global hotkey handler need to go through a privileged application, typically the compositer.

Currently desktop environments like gnome are rolling their own (dbus) based API-s for this. This is undesirable, as this means that a qt wayland app may be able to only do hotkeys under kde, and a gtk app under gnome, so we should standardize this.

Discussion points:
1) Do we agree that these things should be standardized
2) dbus-api or xdg_shell (or a new wayland proto extension)
3) Make a list of operations we want to standardize

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