Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Nov 2010 19:15 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Finally. Finally the leader of a major distribution who has the guts to stand up and say what a lot of people have known for a long time, but didn't dare to say because it usually leads to a storm of criticism. Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu will be moving away from X.org, opting to go with Wayland instead.
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Toad
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2005-11-27

I think Wayland will be the default display manager within 2 years on new installations and on enthusiasts computers. The only problem I see is Nvidia, but I think if Nvidia doesn't support Wayland one way or another, linux user will abandon Nvidia, and graphic cards are cheap today...

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I think Wayland will be the default display manager within 2 years on new installations and on enthusiasts computers.


There are a few reasons why going to Wayland would be attractive.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODc3MA

The only problem I see is Nvidia, but I think if Nvidia doesn't support Wayland one way or another, linux user will abandon Nvidia, and graphic cards are cheap today...


The writing has been on the wall for a couple of years now that Nvidia is no longer the best solutiopn for graphics for Linux.

Right now, anyone contemplating new purchases to build a Linux machine from parts (you kind of have to build them from parts, because retailers have been frightened out of selling them to you) would be looking at getting a decent AMD/ATI card rather than a Nvidia card. (PS: If graphics performance is not that important to you, Intel graphics on the motherboard would be OK for such a role. You can't get Intel graphics on a separate card anyway).

I myself came to such a conclusion as long as three years ago (when I last put together a machine for myself, and which is still working like a charm as the day it was first assembled BTW), when the work on open source drivers for Linux for AMD/ATI cards was just beginning. Such a choice must be a completely obvious no-brainer to almost everyone by now.

Indeed, recent surveys show significant increases in Linux users running an AMD/ATI card to the point now that more appear to be running AMD/ATI than are running with Nvidia.

Unlike Intel and AMD, Nvidia don't have any CPU of their own. AMD/ATI have just announced a very interesting development in the low-power space:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/20/amd-demos-next-gen-llano-fusion-...

http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/amd-demonstrates-2010jun...

Nvidia are going to get squeezed out pretty soon, IMO. Given their insistence on not releasing programming specifications for their chipsets, (the release of which would not have hurt Nvidia's "IP" one iota), I say to them: Karma's a bitch.

Edited 2010-11-10 22:17 UTC

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