Wayland is a display server protocol that is a FreeDesktop.org project with development being driven by multiple organizations. Wayland is widely viewed as the likely successor to the X11 Server on the modern Linux desktop with it being supported by multiple Linux distributions. The reference Wayland implementation is the Weston compositor.

Additional Information: wayland.freedesktop.org

Wayland Articles & Reviews

NVIDIA Linux Gaming Performance For Wayland vs. X.Org On Ubuntu 22.04   Display Drivers   2022-02-02
Mesa's RADV Vulkan Driver Holds A Narrowing Lead Over AMDVLK With Ubuntu 21.10 On Wayland   Display Drivers   2021-12-30
KDE/GNOME Wayland vs. X.Org Radeon Linux Gaming Performance   Linux Gaming   2021-12-28
Ubuntu 21.10 Radeon Gaming With KDE Plasma vs. GNOME Shell + Wayland vs. X.Org   Linux Gaming   2021-10-18
Ubuntu 21.04 - X.Org vs. Wayland Linux Gaming Performance   Linux Gaming   2021-04-29
Ubuntu 21.04 Server Performance Offering Nice Gains For AMD EPYC 7003 Series   Operating Systems   2021-04-21
GNOME XWayland Radeon Gaming Performance Is In Good Shape For Ubuntu 21.04   Linux Gaming   2021-02-01
Ubuntu 20.04 Gaming Performance Across Desktops, X.Org vs. Wayland   Linux Gaming   2020-04-28
Firefox Performance On Wayland Is Looking Good - Browser Benchmarks With KDE vs. GNOME   Software   2020-04-20
X.Org vs. Wayland Browser Performance With Firefox + Chrome   Software   2020-04-10
Ubuntu 20.04 GNOME X.Org vs. Wayland Session Performance Impact For Gaming   Linux Gaming   2020-03-30
Ubuntu 19.04 Radeon Linux Gaming Performance: Popular Desktops Benchmarked, Wayland vs. X.Org   Linux Gaming   2019-04-18
The Fastest Linux Distributions For Web Browsing - Firefox + Chrome Benchmarks On Eight Distros   Operating Systems   2019-03-29
KDE Plasma, GNOME Shell, Xfce, LXQt & MATE Linux Gaming Benchmarks, Including X.Org/Wayland   Linux Gaming   2018-12-30
A Look At The Linux Graphics/Gaming Performance With GNOME 3.30 X.Org/Wayland   Software   2018-09-10
KDE vs. GNOME, X.Org vs. Wayland Radeon Linux Gaming Performance With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS   Linux Gaming   2018-05-12
Intel Graphics On Ubuntu: GNOME vs. KDE vs. Xfce vs. Unity vs. LXDE   Software   2018-01-21
Intel Graphics Performance: Ubuntu 17.04 vs. 17.10   Linux Gaming   2017-10-20
Ubuntu 17.10 Ships Today - Arguably Its Most Interesting Release In Years   Operating Systems   2017-10-19
Radeon Linux Gaming Performance: Ubuntu 17.04 vs. Ubuntu 17.10   Linux Gaming   2017-10-18
Fedora 26 vs. 27 Beta Benchmarks, Wayland vs. X.Org Gaming Tests   Operating Systems   2017-10-14
GNOME 3.26: Wayland vs. X.Org Performance - Boot Times, Power Use, Memory Use & Gaming   Software   2017-09-11
Trying Out Ubuntu 17.10 On A Laptop One Month Ahead Of Release   Operating Systems   2017-09-07
A Look Back At The Desktop & X.Org/Wayland/Mir Milestones Of Ubuntu   Operating Systems   2017-04-05
Fedora 25 Turned Out Great, Definitely My Most Favorite Fedora Release   Operating Systems   2016-11-21
XDC2016 Wraps Up After Many Wayland, X.Org & Mesa Discussions   Events   2016-09-24
Trying Out Fedora 25 With Wayland, Early Benchmarks Included   Operating Systems   2016-08-22
A Brief Look At Fedora 24   Operating Systems   2016-06-16
KDE Plasma 5.5 Has Evolved Well Beyond Where Plasma 4 Ended   Software   2016-01-08
GNOME 3.18 On Fedora 23: X.Org vs. Wayland Performance   Software   2015-09-24
Fedora 22 KDE Delivers A Great Plasma 5 Experience   Operating Systems   2015-06-07
XWayland Linux Gaming Performance With GNOME Wayland On Fedora 21   Software   2014-09-25
X.Org Server 1.16 Officially Released With Terrific Features   Software   2014-07-17
Trying Out The Latest Wayland Linux Desktops With RBOS   Software   2014-03-25
Ubuntu 13.10 vs. Fedora 20 Benchmarks   Operating Systems   2014-01-03
Early Ubuntu 14.04 Intel XMir Benchmarks   Display Drivers   2014-01-02
GNOME Shell Wayland Benchmarks From Fedora 20   Display Drivers   2013-12-26
Running The Latest GNOME Wayland Shell On Fedora 20   Software   2013-10-28
The First Wayland Benchmarks From Fedora 20 Show Great Promise   Operating Systems   2013-10-07
The Wayland Situation: Facts About X vs. Wayland   Display Drivers   2013-06-07
Why Wayland & Weston Were Forked   Software   2013-03-29
XDC2012: Lots Of Progress On X, Mesa, Wayland   Events   2012-09-24
Running Wayland: It Works, But A Lot Of Work Remains   Software   2012-08-10
Ubuntu Delays Wayland System Compositor   Software   2012-08-10
Running Wayland On Ubuntu 11.10   Software   2011-08-25
KDE Draws Up Plans For Wayland In 2012   Software   2011-08-07
MeeGo Tablet UX 1.3 May Use Wayland This Year   Software   2011-05-27
Will Wayland Become A New Desktop Standard?   Software   2011-05-17
It's Becoming Very Easy To Run Wayland   Software   2010-11-25
The State Of The Wayland Display Server   Software   2009-05-20
Wayland: A New X Server For Linux   Software   2008-11-03

Wayland Linux & Open-Source News

The Work-In-Progress Rust-Written Apple DRM Driver Manages To Start Wayland's Weston   Apple   2022-09-28
GNOME 43.1 To Support Wayland On The AMD-Xilinx Kria KR260   GNOME   2022-09-25
OpenJDK Java's Native Wayland Support Progressing   Wayland   2022-09-24
A Lot Of Bug Fixing - Including For Wayland - Heading Into KDE Plasma 5.26   KDE   2022-09-24
Wayland's Weston 11.0 Released With HDR Display & Multi-GPU Preparations   Wayland   2022-09-22
GNOME 43 Released With More Apps Ported To GTK4, Wayland Enhancements   GNOME   2022-09-21
Mesa 22.2 Released With AMD RDNA3 Prep, Intel Arc Graphics, Many Vulkan Improvements   Mesa   2022-09-20
NVIDIA 515.76 Driver Released With Bug Fixes, Linux 6.0 Compatibility   NVIDIA   2022-09-20
KDE Plasma 5.26 Beta Week Saw More Fixes To The Plasma Wayland Session   KDE   2022-09-17
Renewed Talk Of User-Space Consoles, Accelerators In The DRM Subsystem   Linux Kernel   2022-09-16
KDE Plasma 5.26 Beta Released With New "Plasma Bigscreen" Interface For TVs   KDE   2022-09-15
KDE Developers Prepare For Plasma 5.26, More Plasma Wayland Fixes Readied   KDE   2022-09-10
GNOME Shell & Mutter 43 Release Candidates Bring Last Minute Changes   GNOME   2022-09-04
KDE Plasma 5.26 Sees More Features & Fixes Ahead Of Beta   KDE   2022-09-03
sdl12-compat 1.2.54 Pre-Release Gets More Games Running On This SDL2 Compatibility Layer   Linux Gaming   2022-09-02
AMD Radeon Linux OpenGL Driver Makes More Optimizations, Eyes GL Threading By Default   Radeon   2022-08-28
GIMP 2.99.12 Released - "A Huge Milestone Towards GIMP 3.0"   Free Software   2022-08-27
Mir 2.9 Released With XDG-Shell For Wayland, Support For More Protocols   Ubuntu   2022-08-26
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 10 Is Eliminating GTK 2 Support   Red Hat   2022-08-26
"xisxwayland" Version Two Released For This Simple X.Org Program   X.Org   2022-08-24
SDL 2.24 Released With New APIs, D3D12 Renderer Work On Windows, New Linux Hints   Linux Gaming   2022-08-19
KDE Gear - KDE Applications - 22.08 Released   KDE   2022-08-18
GNOME 43 Beta Released With More GTK 4 Porting, Other Desktop Improvements   GNOME   2022-08-15
Plasma 5.26 Improving Widget Accessibility, Kickoff Gets Compact Mode + Wayland Fixes   KDE   2022-08-13
GNOME Mutter & Shell 43 Beta Bring Several Very Exciting Changes   GNOME   2022-08-11
X.Org Protocols 2022.2 Released With XWAYLAND Extension, DRI3 v1.3   X.Org   2022-08-11
Weston 11.0 Alpha Released With Many Improvements For This Wayland Compositor   Wayland   2022-08-10
Renewed Work Around GNOME 30-bit Deep Color Frame-Buffer Support   GNOME   2022-08-09
KDE Kicks Off August With More Desktop Bug Fixes   KDE   2022-08-06
Mesa 22.2-rc1 Released With AMD RDNA3 & Intel Alchemist Primed, Vulkan Additions   Mesa   2022-08-03
NVIDIA 515.65.01 Linux Driver Released With Fixes   NVIDIA   2022-08-02
Systemd Creator At Microsoft, Retbleed, Rust's Continued Growth & Other July Highlights   Phoronix   2022-08-01
KDE Ends July With More Bug Fixes, Discover Improvements   KDE   2022-07-30
KDE Plasma 5.26 Will Start Faster, Many Other KDE Improvements Abound   KDE   2022-07-23
Ubuntu Working On GNOME Wayland Support For The AMD Xilinx Kria KR260   GNOME   2022-07-18
Arcan 0.6.2 Display Server Continues Working On Network Transparency   Desktop   2022-07-16
KDE Plasma 5.26 Continues Preparing More Features, More Plasma Wayland Fixes Too   KDE   2022-07-16
Xfce's Xfwm4 Sees Wayland Port With Wlroots   Wayland   2022-07-15
XWayland 22.1.3 Released Due To XKB Security Vulnerabilities   Wayland   2022-07-13
GNOME Shell + Mutter 43 Alpha Released   GNOME   2022-07-11
WayVNC 0.5 VNC Server For wlroots-Based Wayland Compositors Released   Wayland   2022-07-10
KDE Plasma 5.26 Eyes Using C++20 Features   KDE   2022-07-09
Wayland-Protocols 1.26 Released With New Single-Pixel-Buffer   Wayland   2022-07-08
wxWidgets 3.2 Released After 15k+ Commits, HiDPI, Initial Wayland Support   Free Software   2022-07-07
When Time Comes For GTK5, It Might Be Wayland-Only On Linux   GNOME   2022-07-03
KDE Kicks Off July With UI Polishing, Bug Fixing   KDE   2022-07-02
XWayland "Rootfull" Changes Merged For Running A Complete Desktop Environment   X.Org   2022-07-01
Wayland 1.21 Released With New High Resolution Scroll Event   Wayland   2022-06-30
KDE Fixed Many Bugs With Plasma 5.25.1, More Fixes On The Way   KDE   2022-06-25
New Progress Being Made On Deep Color Support For GNOME Wayland Sessions   GNOME   2022-06-22
X Window System Turns 38 Years Old   X.Org   2022-06-20
KDE Plasma 5.26 To Allow Crisper XWayland Apps With New Scaling Option   KDE   2022-06-18
NVIDIA Vulkan Beta Driver Updated With Open-GPU-Kernel Support, DRM Format Modifiers   NVIDIA   2022-06-17
Raspberry Pi 4 V3D Open-Source Kernel Driver Support Slated For Linux 5.20   Raspberry Pi   2022-06-17
KDE Plasma 5.25 Released With Wayland Improvements, Improved Gestures   KDE   2022-06-14
FreeDesktop.org GitLab Service Restored   Free Software   2022-06-13
GNOME's Mutter Working On "Max BPC" Handling To Deal With Monitor Issues   GNOME   2022-06-13
FreeDesktop.org GitLab Down Due To Drive Failures   Mesa   2022-06-13
Libinput 1.21 Released With Improvements To Flat Acceleration Profile For Touchpads   Wayland   2022-06-12
Linux 5.19 Advances In Quest To Improve Explicit Synchronization For Graphics   Linux Kernel   2022-06-10
GNOME's Mutter Variable Rate Refresh Support Closer To Being Merged   GNOME   2022-06-07
Phoronix Turns 18 Years Old For Covering Linux Hardware   Phoronix   2022-06-05
KDE Fixes Many Plasma 5.25 Bugs This Week But Still Needs More Developer Help   KDE   2022-06-04
GNOME's Mutter Moving Closer To Pure Wayland-Only Build Option   GNOME   2022-05-31
Distrobox 1.3 Released For Quickly & Easily Firing Up Different Distros On Your System   Operating Systems   2022-05-29
KDE Developers Land More Bug Fixes Ahead Of Plasma 5.25   KDE   2022-05-28
Wayland 1.21 Alpha Finally Introduces High-Resolution Scroll Wheel Support   Wayland   2022-05-27
RadeonSI Adds EGL Context High Priority Support To Help Wayland Compositors   Radeon   2022-05-25
Ubuntu's Mir 2.8 Released With Working Towards Hybrid GPU Support   Ubuntu   2022-05-24
NVIDIA's List Of Known Wayland Issues From SLI To VDPAU, VR & More   NVIDIA   2022-05-22
KDE Plasma 5.25 Preparing More Bug Fixes, Continued Wayland Fixes   KDE   2022-05-21
XWayland Adds New Option To Expose Dummy Modes For Gamescope / Steam Deck   Wayland   2022-05-20
KDE Plasma 5.25 Beta Released With Many Improvements, Wayland Support Maturing   KDE   2022-05-19
Valve's Gamescope Compositor Merges NVIDIA Image Scaling Support   Valve   2022-05-18
KDE Lands More Plasma Wayland Improvements & Fixes Ahead Of Plasma 5.25   KDE   2022-05-14
Ubuntu's Chromium Snap Now Allows Enabling Native Wayland Support   Ubuntu   2022-05-13
Fedora 36 Is A Terrific Release Especially For Linux Enthusiasts, Power Users   Fedora   2022-05-10
KDE Plasma 5.25's Exciting Improvements For KWin, Continued Wayland Optimizations   KDE   2022-05-09
KDE Begins Shifting Focus To Fixing Bugs For Plasma 5.25   KDE   2022-05-07
AMD Radeon Linux Graphics Driver Prepares PSR2 / PSR-SU MPO Capability   Radeon   2022-05-07
Fedora Linux 36 Being Released Next Week   Fedora   2022-05-05
Linux NTFS, Ryzen 7 5800X3D, Mesa 22.1 & Other April Open-Source Excitement   Phoronix   2022-05-01
KDE Ends Out April Porting More Software To Qt Quick   KDE   2022-04-30
Intel Preps Some Big Graphics Driver Improvements For Linux 5.19   Intel   2022-04-27
X.Org XDC + WineConf Joint Conference Announced For October   X.Org   2022-04-27
SDL 2.0.22 Released With New APIs, Continued Wayland Work   Linux Gaming   2022-04-25
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Disables 3D Acceleration For Guest VMs With GNOME Boxes / Virt-Manager   Ubuntu   2022-04-24
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Changes Default For NVIDIA Driver Back To Using X.Org Rather Than Wayland   NVIDIA   2022-04-23
KDE Plasma Lands More Fixes, Theme Handling Improvements   KDE   2022-04-23
Fedora 37 Looks Like It Will Proceed With Plan To Remove Legacy X.Org Drivers   Fedora   2022-04-22
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Now Available For Download   Ubuntu   2022-04-21
A Big Performance Fix Is Pending For WebKit / WPE On Wayland   Wayland   2022-04-21
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Release Candidate Images For Last Minute Testing   Ubuntu   2022-04-19
SDL2 Reverts Its Wayland Preference - Goes Back To X11 Default   Wayland   2022-04-18
KDE Has Many Plasma Wayland Fixes In Its Easter Basket   KDE   2022-04-15
Qt 6.3 Released With Improved Wayland Support, Qt Language Server Module   Qt   2022-04-12
KDE Changes This Week "Overflowing With Positive Visual Changes"   KDE   2022-04-09
Fedora 37 Considering Removal Of Legacy X.Org Drivers   Fedora   2022-04-08
Raspberry Pi OS Adds Experimental Wayland Support   Raspberry Pi   2022-04-08
"Kopper" Merged Into Mesa As A Big Win For Zink   Mesa   2022-04-07
New Wayland Protocol Proposed For Fractional Scaling   Wayland   2022-04-06
CentOS Hyperscale SIG Updates systemd & Linux Build, Eyeing Btrfs Transactional Updates   Red Hat   2022-04-04
Qt 6.3 To Boast Improved Wayland Integration, Easily Allows Custom Shell Extensions   Qt   2022-04-03
Linux 5.18 Preparations, AMD Servers, Spectre BHI & Other Highlights From March   Phoronix   2022-04-02
Steam Deck, Ryzen Servers, Apple M1 On Linux & Milan-X Excited Linux Users In Q1   Phoronix   2022-03-31
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Beta Released With Many Improvements   Ubuntu   2022-03-31
XWayland 22.1.1 Released - Fixes Some Windowed Apps Stuck To 58 FPS   X.Org   2022-03-31
Fedora Linux 36 Beta Now Available For Testing   Fedora   2022-03-29
libdisplay-info Started To Address The Wayland Fragmentation Around EDID/DisplayID   Wayland   2022-03-27
KDE Plasma 5.25 Seeing Touch Gesture Additions, More Fixes & Other Work   KDE   2022-03-27
NVIDIA Working On Support For Valve's Gamescope Wayland Compositor   Valve   2022-03-24
GNOME 42 Released With Many Improvements From Wayland To GTK4 Porting   GNOME   2022-03-23
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Will Default To Wayland With NVIDIA For v510+ Driver   Ubuntu   2022-03-22
KDE Improves Breeze-GTK App Experience, Discover Warns Users Of Proprietary Software   KDE   2022-03-19
KDE Marching Ahead In March With More Plasma Wayland Fixes, Other Improvements   KDE   2022-03-12
Firefox 98 Set For Release With Dialog Element, Still Working On Wayland Support   Mozilla   2022-03-07
sdl-compat 1.2.52 Debuts As Initial SDL-1.2-Atop-SDL-2.0 Release   Linux Gaming   2022-03-05
KDE Activity Lower This Week As Impact From The Russia-Ukraine War   KDE   2022-03-05
Steam Deck, GNOME 42 Advancements & AMD Linux Updates Excited Readers In February   Phoronix   2022-03-01
KDE Had An Exciting Week With Plasma Available On The Steam Deck, Many Fixes   KDE   2022-02-26
GIMP 2.99.10 Released As "A Pretty Massive Step" Toward GIMP 3.0   Free Software   2022-02-25
Mir 2.7 Released With MirOil For Helping To Migrate Lomiri / Unity 8   Ubuntu   2022-02-24
AMDGPU X.Org 22.0 Driver Released With AsyncFlipSecondaries, GLAMOR Fixes   Radeon   2022-02-23
GNOME 42 Beta Released - Begins The UI / Feature / API Freeze, More Apps Ported To GTK4   GNOME   2022-02-22
Libinput 1.20 Released With Improved High Resolution Scrolling   X.Org   2022-02-19
KDE Developers Had A Very Busy Valentine's Week With Many Plasma Improvements   KDE   2022-02-19
XWayland 22.1 Released With DRM Lease Support, Other Improvements   Wayland   2022-02-16
GNOME Shell & Mutter Prepare For GNOME 42 Beta With More Desktop Enhancements   GNOME   2022-02-14
OBS Studio 27.2 Released With Flatpak Support, Experimental AV1 Encoders   Desktop   2022-02-14
X.Org vs. (X)Wayland Gaming Performance For NVIDIA GeForce & AMD Radeon On Ubuntu 22.04   Linux Gaming   2022-02-14
NVIDIA 510.54 Linux Driver Released   NVIDIA   2022-02-14
GNOME Dynamic Triple Buffering Can 2x The Desktop Performance For Intel Graphics, Raspberry Pi   GNOME   2022-02-13
GNOME Shell 42 Lands Redesigned OSD Notifications   GNOME   2022-02-12
KDE's Konsole Now Supports Sixel Graphics, Plasma Wayland Sees More Fixes   KDE   2022-02-12
DirectFB2 Is Modernizing DirectFB With Meson, Modularizing The Sources   Desktop   2022-02-10
KWinFT 5.24 Released - Continues To Advance Its Wayland Support, Expand On Wlroots   KDE   2022-02-09
KDE Plasma 5.24 Released With Wayland Support In Increasingly Great Shape   KDE   2022-02-08
Chimera Linux Pushes Ahead For FreeBSD User-Space Atop Linux, Built Using LLVM   Operating Systems   2022-02-08
Less Than 10% Of Firefox Users On Linux Are Running Wayland   Mozilla   2022-02-07
KDE Kicks Off February With More Bug Fixes, 30-bit Color Support For Plasma On X11   KDE   2022-02-05
Libinput 1.20 Being Prepared With Improved High Resolution Scrolling   X.Org   2022-02-04
Qt 6.3 Beta Published With Wayland Improvements, New Features   Qt   2022-02-04
Slackware 15.0 Released After Many Years In Development   Operating Systems   2022-02-03
Wayland's Weston 10.0 Compositor Released With DMA-BUF Feedback, Libseat Support   Wayland   2022-02-01
Valve's Gamescope Compositor Adds AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution Support   Valve   2022-02-01
Intel Alder Lake & Linux Kernel Advancements Made For An Exciting January   Phoronix   2022-02-01
GNOME 42 Improves XWayland Auto Termination Handling   GNOME   2022-01-30
KDE Plasma 5.24 Getting Ready For Release, More Wayland Fixes Merged   KDE   2022-01-29
Wayland Testing New Protocol Extension To Handle Session Locking   Wayland   2022-01-28
DirectFB2 Aims To Resurrect DirectFB For Embedded Systems   Free Software   2022-01-27