Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ship with Xorg as the default display server — not Wayland.
Canonical cite Xorg’s stability and reliability as the primary reasons behind their about-turn.
If you use Wayland, and want to keep using it in 18.04 LTS, you absolutely can!
Surprised? Shocked? Don’t be; this isn’t that big of a deal. In fact, it was always sort of expected.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Use Xorg
When the Ubuntu team flipped the switch on Wayland as default in Ubuntu 17.10 they did suggest that they might flip-flop back to Xorg for Ubuntu 18.04 owing to fact that it is an LTS.
And lo: they have done just that.
Canonical gives Long Term Support versions of Ubuntu 5 years of on-going security updates, critical fixes, and the like. The LTS release is also the most widely used version of Ubuntu with tens of millions of people running it.
Later this year LTS users be offered the chance to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which, among other changes, drops Unity in favour of the GNOME Shell desktop.
With a lot of big changes and moving parts in the way of that upgrade path, switching millions of users over to a display server that’s still a little rough around the edges …Well, it’s not a smart idea, is it?
There are some real benefits to switching back to Xorg, like less screen tearing and better gaming’
Canonical say they “need to be certain” that the next release of Ubuntu works as well as possible for all users and their needs — and at this point that means not using Wayland by default.
Posted on January 27, 2018 by Patrick