Debian 10 "Buster" Switches GNOME Session To Wayland By Default

Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 6 September 2017 at 02:46 PM EDT. 29 Comments
For those not riding the in-development Debian "Buster" packages or the "Sid" bleeding-edge packages, the default desktop GNOME session is using Wayland by default.

Changed back in July for Debian Sid and then during the middle of August for the Buster packaging, the gnome-session for Debian testing/Buster is defaulting to Wayland as outlined via the change-log (thanks to reader Fran for pointing it out).

Though this doesn't come as a huge surprise given the current maturing of GNOME Shell on Wayland, Fedora using Wayland by default, and Ubuntu 17.10's default GNOME desktop also planning to use Wayland by default rather than X.Org.

The X11/X.Org session remains available for those who desire it (or lack driver support) and the other packaged Debian desktops continue defaulting to the X.Org Server for at least the time being. It will be interesting to see if KDE Plasma is ready to migrate to Wayland by default before Buster's release.
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