Debian Buster - July 13, 2019

I did exactly that! :smiley:

I know this wasn’t directed at me, but I’ve been using GNOME with Wayland on Debian quite a bit and personally I’d say it’s not only the right choice, it’s a good choice. Wayland isn’t perfect by a long shot, and I do still have many complaints about it, but Wayland has been incredibly performant on all of my machines when it comes to normal day-to-day usage. There’s no issues with high-res video playback or even gameplay (I love Minecraft BTW) has been both fast and fluid. I haven’t had the issues with input lag or frame stutter that I once did in the past, so I most certainly approve!

There are some issues, of course. Screen and window recording softwares such as OBS don’t work properly under Wayland, (though that is being worked on) and there is the occasional issue with clipboarding from X to Wayland applications, but I’d say it’s absolutely more than good enough for the majority of users. I’d consider myself in the minority screencapping all over the place and piping 50GB media files from app to app just to get things cut and rendered. Wayland is the future, but it’s also becoming more of the now, and this is necessary as it can only improve by actually being used. (Note that Wayland itself is actually pretty much solid and 100% ready, but it’s the actual implementation of it with Mutter (and others) that causes a lot of these issues.)

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Would you say smooth Wayland performance depends on the specs of the system? Does a dedicated GPU seem to matter?

All of my systems with Intel integrated graphics do fairly well, and I’ve experienced the least amount of issues there. However, I’ve even been able to use Wayland with my Nvidia card with quite a fair deal of success. This is experiemental though, and by default, Wayland gets disabled when you install Nvidia drivers. There doesn’t seem to be any change to performance beyond what is already visible with different hardware under X for most things I do. I have noticed that window animations seem much smoother, and my shell seems to maintain a higher framerate.

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On my all Intel Thinkpad it definitely was. The one thing that had me going back to Xorg was the Shelltile extension acting a bit funky. Other than that it was a fantastic experience.


My review of Buster is out for your reading and listning pleasure, however for some reason the rss feed seems to be brocken and is not being caught in podcatchers that are subscribed to the feed

Update: I’ve fixed the Feed issue the post was breaching the 1Mb size limit for feedburner I’ve got to say in this day and age that seems a little small :smile:

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Thanks Tony

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I’m currently using Debian 10 Buster on an old HP elitebook laptop with XFCE and openbox customized on it and it works very well.

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