In response to Wayland Breaks Your Bad Software

I say that the technical merits are irrelevant because I don’t believe that they’re a major factor any more in most people moving or not moving to Wayland.

With only a slight amount of generalization, none of these people will be moved by Wayland’s technical merits. The energetic people who could be persuaded by technical merits to go through switching desktop environments or in some cases replacing hardware (or accepting limited features) have mostly moved to Wayland already. The people who remain on X are there either because they don’t want to rebuild their desktop environment, they don’t want to do without features and performance they currently have, or their Linux distribution doesn’t think their desktop should switch to Wayland yet.

  • Sh1nyM3t4l4ss@lemmy.world
    link
    fedilink
    arrow-up
    23
    arrow-down
    2
    ·
    10 months ago

    There are several remarks in that article that bothered me. I agree with their message overall and am a strong proponent of Wayland but…

    Unless your workflow (and hardware) comes from 20+ years ago, you have almost no reason to stick with Xorg

    There definitely are valid use cases that aren’t 20 years old that will keep you on X11 for a little while longer. And hardware too: NVIDIA dropped driver support for Kepler GPUs and older before they added GBM support which is effectively a requirement for Wayland, so you can’t use these older cards on Wayland with the proprietary drivers

    Of course, NVIDIA likes to do their own thing, as always. Just use Nouveau if you want to do anything with Xwayland, and you don’t have several GPUs.

    Uh, no. Nouveau is not a serious option for anyone who likes using their GPU for useful things. And on those older cards it will likely never work well.

    The author of that article seems extremely ignorant of other people’s needs.

    • woelkchen@lemmy.world
      link
      fedilink
      arrow-up
      4
      arrow-down
      2
      ·
      10 months ago

      NVIDIA dropped driver support for Kepler GPUs and older before they added GBM support which is effectively a requirement for Wayland, so you can’t use these older cards on Wayland with the proprietary drivers

      That’s definitively the fault of people to buy NVidia hardware which only works fine on Windows. It’s not the fault of Wayland developers that NVidia is a shit company that does not care to make their hardware properly run on Linux.

      • Sh1nyM3t4l4ss@lemmy.world
        link
        fedilink
        arrow-up
        5
        arrow-down
        3
        ·
        10 months ago

        Can we stop shaming people who buy NVIDIA?

        For one, people want to keep using what they have and not buy something new just because it may work better on Linux, abd they may not even be able to afford an upgrade. They probably didn’t even know about Linux compatibility when they got it.

        And additionally, some people have to use NVIDIA because e. g. they rely on CUDA or something (which is unfortunate but not their fault).

        And honestly, NVIDIA is fine on Linux nowadays. It sucks that support for older cards will likely stay crappy forever but hopefully with the open kernel drivers and NVK newer cards won’t have to suffer that fate.

        • woelkchen@lemmy.world
          link
          fedilink
          arrow-up
          6
          arrow-down
          3
          ·
          10 months ago

          Can we stop shaming people who buy NVIDIA?

          Can people who buy NVidia hardware contrary to widespread wisdom just start to own up to their decisions and not complain about Wayland every time it is mentioned?

    • michaelrose
      link
      fedilink
      arrow-up
      7
      arrow-down
      8
      ·
      10 months ago

      The author is a Wayland fanboy which almost by definition makes them a moron. We are talking about folks who were singing the same song like 7 years ago when the crack they were promoting was outrageously broken for most use cases.