While many are super excited about Wayland and the thought of X11 finally going away in the coming years, some who have been enthusiastic about Wayland/Weston are starting to lose interest. Here's the reasons by one Wayland enthusiast for losing motivation in the project.
Darxus, a Wayland enthusiast and Phoronix Forums moderator, shared on the mailing list what killed his motivation to play with Wayland
. He was once very involved with the upstream Wayland community, but that's not so much the case anymore. Here's a synopsis of his reasons:
- A particular Mesa bug destroyed his build testing setup and hasn't been fixed even though he pointed out the faulty Mesa commit dating back three months.
- There's an XWayland segmentation fault bug. Though there was an old patch to fix the segfault for XWayland, it wasn't updated and merged.
- Cairo's current build testing is a mess. Cairo does have a big build test suite, but it seems no one has ever gotten all the tests to pass in recent times. There was a patch improving the situation, but three months have passed without it being merged.
Is anything holding you back from playing with Wayland now that KDE Plasma can run on Wayland
? If you're still unsure about this X11 and Mir alternative, read the very interesting Wayland Facts article