Related to yesterday’s post about NetBSD switching to ctwm:
After I posted about the new default window manager in NetBSD I got a few questions, including “when is NetBSD switching from X11 to Wayland?”, Wayland being X11’s “new” rival. In this blog post, hopefully I can explain why we aren’t yet!
The short answer? Wayland is too Linux-specific to be easily ported or adapted to NetBSD, so don’t expect it any time soon.
That’s all a bit sad, at multiple levels. Does anyone know what the problem with having a dumb-framebuffer fallback with Weyland is? That seems like a non-negotiable starting position to me, not a “nice to have”. I had been fostering a vague hope that the wheel of reincarnation might have turned enough that a workstation could usefully be built around a 100+ core CPU (with SIMD: an Arm V1 perhaps) and a dumb framebuffer (just DMA the pixels out of GDDR or HBM memory) and drop the proprietary GPU completely.
It was GPU support (lack thereof) that drove me off FreeBSD lo those many years ago. I guess I’ll have to be an Apple workstation customer for a while yet…