Today, Canonical released Ubuntu 21.04 with native Microsoft Active Directory integration, Wayland graphics by default, and a Flutter application development SDK. Separately, Canonical and Microsoft announced performance optimization and joint support for Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 21.04 is an important release, if only because of the switch to Wayland, following in Fedora’s footsteps. Ubuntu did opt out of shipping GNOME 40, though, so it comes with 3.38 instead. The step to Wayland is surely going to cause problems for some people, but overall, I think it’s high time and Wayland is pretty much as ready as it’s ever going to be. Remember, Wayland is not X, as I said a few months ago:
Wayland is not X.org. Let me repeat that. Wayland is not X.org. If you need the functionality that X.org delivers, then you shouldn’t be using Wayland. This is like buying a Mac and complaining your Windows applications don’t work.
With NVIDIA finally seeming to get at least somewhat on board, and X.org development basically having dried up, the time for Wayland is now.
I’ve been lurking around here for years because occasionally there is something interesting. I’ve finally registered just because I cannot stand the Wayland infatuation any longer.
Wayland is not X? Correct. It doesn’t do what X can do. Remote desktop is not good enough. Many situations require the ability to forward individual applications. Microsoft realised this and added the ability to remotely display individual apps under Remote Desktop Services, which works nearly as well as X does (but does need a lot more configuration).
X.org development has dried up? That’s what you get when you have a mature product that works.
Not sure which of the following aphorisms applies best. If you reckon X is good enough (and it certainly has been for well over a decade):
“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken.”
But if you reckon there are things in X that needed to be fixed, then perhaps do that rather than replacing the whole thing:
“Don’t throw or the baby out with the bathwater.”