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

AMD Radeon Linux Gaming Performance At Parity Between KDE Plasma 6.0 X11 vs. Wayland   Linux Gaming   2024-04-08
The Compositor Modules "COMO" To Build Wayland Compositors Have Arrived   Software   2024-03-04
GNOME Wayland vs. X.Org Performance For Radeon & NVIDIA Gaming On Ubuntu 23.04   Linux Gaming   2023-06-16
X.Org vs. Wayland Linux Gaming Performance For NVIDIA GeForce + AMD Radeon In Early 2023   Display Drivers   2023-01-30
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

GNOME Mutter 46.1 Brings Explicit Sync, Better NVIDIA Hybrid GPU Acceleration   GNOME   2024-04-21
Niri 0.1.5 Scrollable-Tiling Wayland Compositor Adds New Animations   Wayland   2024-04-20
KDE Developers Work Through More Bug Fixes & Features For Plasma 6.1   KDE   2024-04-20
Miracle-WM 0.2 Released For Mir-Based Wayland Compositor   Wayland   2024-04-19
System76's COSMIC Working On Drag & Drop, More Compositor Improvements   Desktop   2024-04-17
Wayland Protocols 1.35 Introduces Alpha Modifier Protocol, Tablet-V2 As Stable   Wayland   2024-04-17
LXQt 2.0 Released For Qt6 Desktop Port, Greater Wayland Support   Desktop   2024-04-17
XWayland 24.1 RC Released With Explicit Sync, Improved Rootful & GLAMOR Optimizations   Wayland   2024-04-17
KDE Plasma 6.0.4 Ships With Dozens Of Bug Fixes   KDE   2024-04-16
Mesa 24.1 Now Supports Vulkan Explicit Synchronization On X11   Mesa   2024-04-16
Linux 6.10 To Merge NTSYNC Driver For Emulating Windows NT Synchronization Primitives   Linux Gaming   2024-04-14
KDE's Busy Week With Landing Explicit Sync & Many Other Changes   KDE   2024-04-13
XWayland 24.1 Planned For Release Next Month With Explicit Sync & Other Features   Wayland   2024-04-12
KDE Frameworks 6.1 Released With Many Improvements & Fixes   KDE   2024-04-12
Ubuntu 24.04 Beta Now Available For Testing   Ubuntu   2024-04-11
Wayland 1.23 Planned For Release Around The End Of May   Wayland   2024-04-11
KDE's KWin Merges Wayland Explicit Sync Support   KDE   2024-04-10
Explicit GPU Synchronization Merged For XWayland   X.Org   2024-04-09
KDE On The Importance Of Wayland Explicit Sync   KDE   2024-04-06
KDE Plasma 6 Can Now Sync Your RGB-Backlit Keyboard With Your Desktop's Accent Color   KDE   2024-04-06
X.Org Server & XWayland Hit By Four More Security Issues   X.Org   2024-04-03
Mesa 24.1 Merges Vulkan Support For Wayland Explicit Sync   Mesa   2024-04-02
Qt 6.7 Released With Many Improvements For This Cross-Platform Toolkit   Qt   2024-04-02
Fedora 42 Change Proposal Wants To Make KDE Plasma The Default Over GNOME   Fedora   2024-04-02
Nova Driver, Linux 6.9 Features & Other Linux News From March   Phoronix   2024-04-01
Drop-In CUDA On AMD, Kernel Discussions, NGINX Fork & Other Q1 Highlights   Phoronix   2024-04-01
KDE Plasma 6 Refinements Continue, Fixes 3+ Important Crashes This Week   KDE   2024-03-30
GNOME's Mutter Lands DRM Sync Obj v1 Support For Explicit Sync On Wayland   GNOME   2024-03-29
Flatpak 1.15.7 Will Now Automatically Remove Obsolete Driver Versions   Programming   2024-03-28
SDL3 Will Keep Wayland Default At Least For The Time Being   Linux Gaming   2024-03-27
Blender 4.1 Released With Faster Linux CPU Rendering & AMD RDNA3 APU Support   Free Software   2024-03-26
SDL Developers Weigh Reverting Wayland Over X11 For SDL 3.0   Linux Gaming   2024-03-26
Fedora 40 Beta Released With GNOME 46 & KDE Plasma 6.0 On Wayland Desktops   Fedora   2024-03-26
Intel VA-API 2.21 Library Adds Intel Xe Kernel Driver Support, AV1 & Windows Fixes   Multimedia   2024-03-26
XWayland-Run 0.0.3 Adds Support For KDE's KWin   Wayland   2024-03-25
SDL3 Preview Release Aims To Help Test The New SDL 3.0 API   Linux Gaming   2024-03-24
KDE Sees A Number Of Regression Fixes & Some Crash Fixes This Week   KDE   2024-03-23
Wayland Protocols 1.34 Introduces Better Drag & Drop, Explicit DRM Sync Objects   Wayland   2024-03-21
XWayland Rootful Lands HiDPI / Fractional Scaling Support   Wayland   2024-03-20
XWayland Nukes The NVIDIA EGLStream Backend   Wayland   2024-03-18
Hyprland Wayland Compositor Celebrates Two Years With A New Release   Wayland   2024-03-17
KDE Continuing To Land More Fixes, Eye More Features For Plasma 6.1   KDE   2024-03-16
openSUSE Tumbleweed Begins Rolling Out KDE Plasma 6 Desktop, But No Wayland Default Yet   SUSE   2024-03-14
KDE Plasma 6.0.2 Delivers Another Week Worth Of Bug Fixes   KDE   2024-03-12
Niri 0.1.3 Wayland Compositor Brings Touch Support, New Animations   Wayland   2024-03-10
LXQt Desktop Now "100%" Ready For Wayland   Desktop   2024-03-09
KDE Developers Are Currently Seeing 150~200 Bug Reports Per Day   KDE   2024-03-09
Wine 9.4 Released With VKD3D 1.11 Bundled, OpenGL Support For Wayland Driver   WINE   2024-03-08
Fedora Workstation 41 To No Longer Install GNOME X.Org Session By Default   Fedora   2024-03-07
Basic OpenGL Support Merged For Wine's Wayland Driver   WINE   2024-03-06
UWSM Aims To Be A Universal Wayland Session Manager   Wayland   2024-03-06
GNOME Shell & Mutter 46 RC Brings Modifier-Aware Screencasting, VRR & X.Org Sync Fix   GNOME   2024-03-03
KDE Plasma 6.0 Is Proving To Be Unlike The Rocky KDE 4 Launch   KDE   2024-03-03
The X.Org Foundation Needs More Candidates To Hold An Election   X.Org   2024-03-01
CUDA On ROCm, Ryzen 8000G Series & Rust Activity Made For An Exciting February   Phoronix   2024-03-01
Zink Lands Support For Partial Updates / Damage Handling   Mesa   2024-02-29
Mesa 24.0.2 Brings Many Zink Fixes, More Intel Alder Lake N IDs   Mesa   2024-02-29
KDE MegaRelease 6 Debuts For Plasma 6.0, KF6 & Gear 24.02   KDE   2024-02-28
Wine Wayland Driver Patches Enable Basic OpenGL Support   WINE   2024-02-27
KWinFT Compositor Now Known As Theseus' Ship   KDE   2024-02-27
SDDM 0.21 Display Manager Released With Better Wayland Support, Qt6 Fixes   Desktop   2024-02-26
WayVNC 0.8 Adds Auto Server-Side Resizing Of Headless Outputs, Detached Mode   Wayland   2024-02-26
GNOME Makes Progress On GPU-Accelerated Screencasting, systemd-homed Home Encryption   GNOME   2024-02-25
GLFW 3.4 Brings Better Support For Wayland & Run-Time Platform Selection   Programming   2024-02-24
Sway 1.9 Released - Using New wlroots Rendering API For Better Performance   Wayland   2024-02-24
KDE Plasma 6.0 Ready For Release Next Week, Plasma 6.1 Seeing Early Feature Work   KDE   2024-02-24
NVIDIA 550.54.14 Release Brings R550 Series Linux Driver To Stable   NVIDIA   2024-02-23
GIMP Releases Last Development Version For GIMP 3.0   Free Software   2024-02-21
X.Org Server Clears Out Remnants For Supporting Old Compilers   X.Org   2024-02-20
Miracle-WM Announced As A Wayland Compositor Built On Mir   Wayland   2024-02-19
More Fixes Land Ahead Of KDE Plasma 6.0 Coming In Two Weeks   KDE   2024-02-17
New GNOME Mutter Code Prepares Fractional Scaling For XWayland   GNOME   2024-02-16
The Current State & Plans For Porting Linux/BSD Software To Redox OS   Operating Systems   2024-02-13
Fedora 40 Cleared To Ship AMD ROCm 6, Packages May Reintroduce KDE X11 Support   Fedora   2024-02-13
GNOME Mutter 46 Beta A Win For Gamers & VM Users, Other Last Minute Changes Too   GNOME   2024-02-11
Xfce 4.20 Aiming For Usable Wayland Support While Maintaining X11 Compatibility   Desktop   2024-02-10
The Greenfield In-Browser Wayland Compositor Is Fast Enough For Gaming   Wayland   2024-02-06
Niri 0.1.1 Wayland Compositor Adds Support For Taskbars, Output Rotation & More   Wayland   2024-02-03
KDE Plasma 6.0 Getting More Fixes & UI Refinements Ahead Of Release This Month   KDE   2024-02-03
New Features Approved For Fedora 40, Renewed Debate Over Dropping KDE X11 Support   Fedora   2024-02-01
KDE Megarelease 6 RC2 Available For Testing   KDE   2024-01-31
Godot 4.3 Game Engine To Feature Native Wayland Support   Wayland   2024-01-31
XDG Top-Level Drag Protocol Approved For Wayland   Wayland   2024-01-30
Wine On Wayland This Year Aims For OpenGL Support, Window Minimization   WINE   2024-01-30
SDL 3.0 Adds Colorspace Concept, More Code Coming From Valve Around HDR   Linux Gaming   2024-01-29
Budgie 10.9 Desktop Brings Early Wayland Porting Work   Desktop   2024-01-28
Wine Wayland Driver Prepares Display Mode Change Emulation   WINE   2024-01-28
Niri Debuts As A Scrollable-Tiling Wayland Compositor Inspired By PaperWM   Wayland   2024-01-27
The Budgie Desktop Hopes To Do A Wayland-Only Release This Year   Desktop   2024-01-27
Sway 1.9-rc1 Supports New Wayland Extensions & Better Rendering Performance   Wayland   2024-01-26
Steam Beta Adds VA-API DRM Video Acceleration For Remote Play   Valve   2024-01-25
NVIDIA 550 Linux Beta Driver Released With Many Fixes, VR Displays & Better (X)Wayland   NVIDIA   2024-01-24
GNOME's Dynamic Triple Buffering Now Latency Optimized For Raspberry Pi & X.Org   GNOME   2024-01-22
Wayland Protocols 1.33 Released With DMA-BUF Stable, Adds Transient Seat Protocol   Wayland   2024-01-19
FreeRDP 3.2 Fixes Wayland Client Scaling + Wayland Keyboard Handling Fixes   Free Software   2024-01-19
Wine 9.0 Released With Initial Wayland Driver, WoW64 Taking Shape & Better Direct3D   WINE   2024-01-16
X.Org Server & XWayland Updated Due To Another Six Security Vulnerabilities   X.Org   2024-01-16
Ubuntu 24.04 LTS To Ship With Some Extra GNOME Performance Optimizations   Ubuntu   2024-01-15
Lutris 0.5.15 Fixes Crashes When Using Wayland With High DPI Gaming Mice   Linux Gaming   2024-01-13
KDE Reduces CPU Usage On Wayland When Moving The Pointer & Other Fixes   KDE   2024-01-13
Wine 9.0-rc5 Released With 22 Fixes From Game Crashes To Performance Issues   WINE   2024-01-12
Linux Mint 21.3 Released With Full SecureBoot Support, Cinnamon 6.0 Desktop   Operating Systems   2024-01-12
XWayland Adds "-Output" Option For Better Rootful Fullscreen Control   Wayland   2024-01-11
KDE Plasma 6.0 Release Candidate Available For Testing   KDE   2024-01-10
GNOME Shell & Mutter 46 Alpha Released   GNOME   2024-01-07
Google Chrome Adds VA-API Video Acceleration On Wayland   Wayland   2024-01-06
GNOME's Variable Refresh Rate "VRR" Support Continues Coming Together   GNOME   2024-01-06
Wine 9.0-rc4 Released With More Wayland Fixes, Additional Game Fixes   WINE   2024-01-06
NVIDIA's Open-Source Kernel Driver & Maturing Wayland Support Were Great In 2023   NVIDIA   2024-01-02
Wayland Enjoyed Many Successes In 2023   Wayland   2024-01-01
AMD CPU Use By Linux Gamers At ~70%, AMD openSIL, & AMD Laptops Topped 2023   AMD   2024-01-01
Intel Meteor Lake, Emerald Rapids & Other Popular Topics For December   Phoronix   2024-01-01
Alacritty 0.13 Released For This OpenGL-Powered Terminal Emulator   Free Software   2023-12-31
Ubuntu Touch OTA-3 Focal Brings PinePhone Images, Initial Snap Support   Ubuntu   2023-12-29
Valve's Linux Contributions, Wayland & Open-Source NVIDIA Milestones Topped 2023   Phoronix   2023-12-28
Raspberry Pi 5 & New AMD Ryzen CPUs Excited Linux Readers The Most In 2023   Phoronix   2023-12-27
KDE's Nate Graham On X11 Being A Bad Platform & The Wayland Future   KDE   2023-12-27
Nobara 39 Released - Customized Version Of Fedora Catering To Gamers/Enthusiasts   Fedora   2023-12-26
Lab Wayland Compositor 0.7 Released - Ported To wlroots 0.17   Wayland   2023-12-23
Wine 9.0-rc3 Released With 35 Fixes In Total, Some Wayland Driver Fixes   WINE   2023-12-22
Wayland-Proxy Load Balancer Helping Firefox Cope With Wayland Issues   Wayland   2023-12-22
openSUSE Tumbleweed Trying Out systemd-boot & systemd Full Disk Encryption   SUSE   2023-12-21
Fedora Asahi Remix 39 Released For Apple Silicon Macs   Fedora   2023-12-19
Arcan Display Framework Receives Funding As Innovative Wayland Alternative   Desktop   2023-12-19
Firefox 121 Now Available With Wayland Enabled By Default   Mozilla   2023-12-18
Shotcut 23.12 Released With Wayland Crash Fix, Upgraded AV1 Encode/Decode   Multimedia   2023-12-18
It's Looking Like 2024 Could Be The Year Of HDR On The Linux Desktop   KDE   2023-12-18
KDE Receives Many Bug Fixes Ahead Of Christmas   KDE   2023-12-16
Wine 9.0-rc2 Released With 33 More Fixes - Including Wine Wayland Fixes   WINE   2023-12-15
Canonical Details Ubuntu 24.04 Desktop Plans + Ongoing X11 Sunsetting Discussions   Ubuntu   2023-12-15
X.Org Server & XWayland Updated Due To Two Decade-Old Security Vulnerabilities   X.Org   2023-12-13
WayVNC 0.8 Preparing Transient Seats, Automatic Server-Side Resizing & Detached Mode   Wayland   2023-12-11
Linux Mint 21.3 Beta Released With Cinnamon 6.0 Desktop   Operating Systems   2023-12-10
Lubuntu 24.04 LTS Aiming For Optional Wayland Session, Default in 24.10   Ubuntu   2023-12-10
GNOME Developers Working On USB Portal Integration, Updated Phosh   GNOME   2023-12-09
KDE Developers Continue On Bug Fixing Spree Ahead Of Plasma 6.0   KDE   2023-12-09
Wine 9.0-rc1 Released With Upgraded VKD3D, Wine Wayland Improvements   WINE   2023-12-08
GNOME's Dynamic Triple Buffering "Ready To Merge"   GNOME   2023-12-08
Wine Wayland Driver Lands Mouselook Support, Relative Cursor Motion   WINE   2023-12-07
KDE's KWin Adds DMA-Fence Deadline Support   KDE   2023-12-07
Raspberry Pi OS Improves Wayfire Rendering, Enhanced Raspberry Pi 5 Support   Raspberry Pi   2023-12-07
KDE Lands NVIDIA Hardware Cursor Support & Other Last Minute Plasma 6.0 Features   KDE   2023-12-02
Using Miriway For Empowering Xfce / MATE / LXQt & Other Desktops With Wayland   Wayland   2023-12-01
Threadripper 7000 Series, Wayland, Linux 6.7 & Other November Highlights   Phoronix   2023-12-01
Wine Wayland Driver's Vulkan Support Is Now Usable   WINE   2023-11-30
Godot 4.2 Released With More Stability Improvements, Improved Rendering & AMD FSR 2.2   Linux Gaming   2023-11-30
Linux Mint's Cinnamon 6.0 Brings Initial -- Still Experimental -- Wayland Session   Desktop   2023-11-29
KDE Plasma 6.0 Beta 1 Released With Frameworks & Gear Updated   KDE   2023-11-29
Red Hat Developing New xwayland-run & wlheadless-run Utilities   Wayland   2023-11-29
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 10 Dropping The X.Org Server Except For XWayland   X.Org   2023-11-28