Linux Wayland display server will be on by default in Ubuntu 17.10


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Wayland display server will be on by default in Ubuntu 17.10

Canonical's Didier Roche has confirmed that the Wayland display server will be used by default in Ubuntu 17.10. The older Xorg will still be available on all installs if you need to fall back but it'll no longer be the default option. Canonical hopes that this will give people enough time to test Wayland for lingering bugs before the rollout of the long term support release, Ubuntu 18.04, in April 2018.

In his blog post, Roche says:

“Oh, one last thing… we are going to switch over Wayland by default on 17.10. The Xorg session will still be available alongside. This enables us to get some good set of feedback to be ready and make our final decision for our next LTS, 18.04 … All those changes will be rolling out in the next couple of weeks and you can see all changes coming in if you follow artful closely.”

So Xorg is still available but no longer the default upon installation.


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That isn't surprising. Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) had originally planned to create a seamless OS experience between PC, phone and tablets. Ultimately they never had much buy-in from manufacturers so those plans were scraped recently. The Unity DE and mir x display server they were developing were supposed to bring their plan together. Unity development ended recently and gnome 3.X is coming back as the default DE and mir never got anywhere.


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exactly, Unity I think it is. It's being dropped altogether

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