Fedora 40 Eyes Dropping GNOME X11 Session Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 19 September 2023 at 06:21 AM EDT. 171 Comments
In addition to Fedora 40 planning to ship KDE Plasma 6.0 and without any X11 session support, Fedora stakeholders are also looking at shipping GNOME for the Fedora Workstation 40 release without any X11 session support.

Fedora developers are discussing dropping the X11 session for GNOME, in addition to the already laid out plans for shipping KDE Plasma 6.0 as Wayland only.

As part of the proposal for dropping the GNOME X11 session:
"Wayland has been our default session for a long time and has matured considerably. At the same time, the X11 session isn't getting the testing it needs, and is an additional resource burden."

In that ticket it's also been suggested that for GNOME 46 all the bits will be into place for being able to compile Mutter and related components without X11 session support. There still are some bits left to be finished for allowing Wayland-only GNOME desktop session builds.

Fedora no X11 session?

The proposal still needs to be acted upon by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) but if all the upstream GNOME bits fall into shape for allowing X11 session support to be compiled out and given the direction of the KDE Plasma support, there's good chances that Fedora Workstation 40 will ship with only Wayland session support.
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