Recently the Register pointed out that the new (Debian-based) Raspberry Pi OS 5.0 has “a completely new Wayland desktop environment replacing PIXEL, the older desktop based on LXDE and X.org, augmented with Mutter in its previous release.”
And when elementary OS 8 finally arrives, “the development team plans to finally shift to the Wayland display server by default,” reports Linux magazine (adding “If you’d like to get early access to daily builds, you can do so by becoming an elementary OS sponsor on GitHub.”)
“This is a transition that we have been planning and working towards for several years,” writes CEO/co-founder Danielle Foré, “and we’re finally in the home stretch… Wayland will bring us improved performance, better app security, and opens the doors to support more complex display setups like mixed DPI multi-monitor setups.”
There are other things that we’re experimenting with, like the possibility of an immutable OS, and there are more mundane things that will certainly happen like shipping Pipewire. You’ll also see on the project board that we’re looking to replace the onscreen keyboard and it’s time to re-evaluate some things like SystemD Boot. You can expect lots more little features to be detailed over the coming months.
Meanwhile, Linux Mint is getting “experimental” Wayland support next month. And also in December, Firefox will let Wayland support be enabled by default.
And last month the Register noted a merge request for GNOME to remove the gnome-xorg.desktop file. “To put this in context, the Fedora project is considering a comparable change: removing or hiding the GNOME on X.org session from the login menu, which is already the plan for the Fedora KDE spin when it moves to KDE version 6, which is still in development.”