We talked about the state of X.org earlier this week, and the wider discussion was picked up by Adam Jackson, who works at Red Hat as the X.Org Server release manager, and has been heavily involved with X development for many years.
There’s been some recent discussion about whether the X server is abandonware. As the person arguably most responsible for its care and feeding over the last 15 years or so, I feel like I have something to say about that.[…]
So, is Xorg abandoned? To the extent that that means using it to actually control the display, and not just keep X apps running, I’d say yes. But xserver is more than xfree86. Xwayland, Xwin, Xephyr, Xvnc, Xvfb: these are projects with real value that we should not give up. A better way to say it is that we can finally abandon xfree86.
Seems like a fair and honest assessment.
Framed in that much narrower context this makes much more sense to me, it actually sounds like a feasible way forward for all parties.
Just as Hybrids are a way out of petrol, X as an App Compatibility Layers can be a way into Wayland.
Everything is fine with me as long as there is easy to use network transparency. I use multiple boxes to I just want to ssh into a machine and be able to start any program with a GUI. Nothing beats
ssh -X me@box4
and just fire whatever program I need without hassle.