KDE has plans to achieve parity between Wayland and X11 sessions in 2022

Few days ago the plans that the KDE guys have for the project were announced and it was Nate Graham, QA Developer for the KDE Project who shared his thoughts on the direction the KDE Project will take in 2022.

Among other things, Nate believes that next year, a session of KDE Plasma protocol-based Wayland will be usable for everyday use by a significant proportion of users and can completely replace the X11 based session.

This is a bit of a moonshot, but I think it's possible. The list of issues on our "Wayland Showstoppers" wiki page is fairly low, and when new ones are added, they are noticeably lower in severity than those that have already been fixed.

And now that NVIDIA has added GBM support to its driver and KWin now supports it, I think life should really start to get better for NVIDIA users, who make up a large portion of dissatisfied Plasma users and those who still can't use Wayland's session. . Let's call this a lofty goal, but I think it's not impossible!

Currently, there are about 20 known issues that are tracked when using Wayland on KDE and the problems that are added to the list have become less significant lately.

It is mentioned that one of the approaches that we have is advance troubleshooting in multi-monitor environments. With touchpads, slow scrolling issues in QtQuick applications need to be addressed.

Graham admits that the prediction that Wayland will be able to completely replace an X-11 session this year is something of a mystery. However, due to the lessening of the severity of the outstanding and recently reported issues on the Wayland Showstoppers website and the support of the GBM-equipped NVIDIA driver in KWin, he is hopeful that he will be able to achieve the goal in the new year.

Wayland's most important recent change is the addition of GBM (Generic Buffer Manager) support to the NVIDIA proprietary driver, which can be used by KWin.

Another year, another roadmap! Last year was a resounding success, since we fulfilled everything. So here's what I think we can expect in 2022. As always, this is not an official planning document or promise; It's just me giving you a sneak peek at some things that are in progress or about to start that I think will be feasible to complete before the end of the year!

Another of the plans mentioned is that of improve system configurationFirst on this year's list is the merging of the "Language and Formats" sub-items into the "Regional Settings" menu item of "System Settings." This is to prevent incompatible configurations from being made. This project should be finished in the first half of the year.

It is also mentioned that a revision of the Breeze icons is planned and that KDE designer Ken Vermette is working to improve and modernize the Breeze icons. The colored icons have been slightly toned down and rounded and visually updated, with things like the current long shadows being removed. There are also monochrome symbols.

Of the other plans that were announced, are included:

  • Being able to solve all the problems with multi-monitor setups.
  • Include inertial scrolling support in QtQuick-based programs.
  • An initiative to fix as many bugs as possible in KDE Plasma and related components (KWin, Configurator, Discover, etc.) that appear in the first 15 minutes of using KDE. In Nate's opinion, bugs like this are primarily a source of negative opinions about KDE among users.

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