Fedora 38 Might Ship With A Sway ISO Spin

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 2 December 2022 at 06:12 AM EST. 23 Comments
While the Sway Wayland compositor has long been available via the Fedora package repositories, Sway fans within the Fedora space are hoping that Fedora 38 will ship with a Fedora Sway spin being available for an easy and out-of-the-box experience for running this i3-inspired Wayland compositor.

A change proposal has been submitted for consideration to create a Fedora Sway Spin, which would ship with Sway pre-installed -- just as Fedora recently introduced an i3 spin.

The change proposal though does acknowledge the mixed feelings around introducing yet-another-Fedora-spin where the change is basically the default desktop / compositor:
"Feedback has been low at the moment. We have seen wildly different feedback, from people saying they liked the idea and would use it to others who do not see the value of it and will probably not use it. Some commenters highlighted that this isn't worthwhile for them as they would prefer to have Gnome installed alongside Sway. There have also been comments that some users like having a minimal package set that only includes Sway and don't want a two-step process to get to their environment, which would be the situation if they install a spin that is not Sway and then have to install Sway on top."

The change proposal still has to be evaluated by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) but the hope is that this minimal Sway desktop spin will move forward with Fedora 38 in the spring. This Fedora Sway Spin would also include a new OSTree as they aim for a "turnkey environment to enjoy Fedora and Sway functionally and beautifully."

Those interested in this tentative proposal can find it on the Fedora Wiki.
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