Wayland Goes Linux

For those of you who have used desktop Linux for any length of time, I am sure you are familiar with X.org for providing us with the basic GUI experience we’ve all come to know and love. Not to be confused with a desktop environment, X.org does much deeper allowing us such nice features as a working graphics card with monitors that display images, working mouse, stuff like that.

Well it seems that there is a growing push to move to something new called Wayland. Unlike X.org which is becoming a bit dated by some standards apparently, Wayland would be a fresh way to handle the graphical needs of the Linux desktop. Unlike X.org, it’s not based on a multitude of layers (as I understand it). So at first pass, migrating over to Wayland begins to make a lot of sense. Even open source NVIDIA driver Nouveau, will be supprting.

So with Ubuntu jumping over to Wayland in the near future, coupled with Fedora, does this mean that Wayland is ready to go? Not yet, no. Worse, NVIDIA has made it fairly clear that they have no intention of supporting it anytime soon either, which may or may not be a problem. Regardless, it appears that large aspects of the community have spoken and two major desktop players within the Linux world will indeed be moving over to the Wayland way of doing things.