Bug#927667: gnome: please confirm or revert choice of Wayland for default desktop

Jonathan Dowland jmtd at debian.org
Fri May 10 10:26:07 BST 2019

severity 927667 serious

[ I wrote the following reply to smcv's last mail to this bug, but only
sent it to -desktop: https://lists.debian.org/debian-desktop/2019/05/msg00000.html ]

Thanks to Simon for filing this bug in the first place and for engaging
in discussion about the issue.

My personal conclusion is that we, as a project, need to spend more time
carefully evaluating Wayland prior to it being the default desktop technology
for Debian, following the approach we have used for other major technologies
adopted by default (e.g. systemd). This hasn't happened for Wayland yet, and
I'm concerned that it may just not be quite ready (e.g. #928030, #928002).

I want an explicit ACK or NACK on this, and so I'm bumping severity so that
this bug can't languish past Buster release. Justification is the regression
in behavour wrt X11 (as documented in those two bugs amongst others) break
unrelated software. I'll interpret downgrading as being a NACK, but I would
*really* appreciate engagement instead of just bug severity changes.

Two ways of resolving this are: Either the default GNOME3 session in Debian
switched back to Xorg, or the default desktop session is switched away from
GNOME; but I would much prefer the former.

Jonathan Dowland

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