I have already reviewed Ubuntu-17.04. However, the Ubuntu folk (i.e. Canonical) had already announced that, starting with 18.04, they would switch their mainline version from the Unity desktop to the Gnome desktop. So I decided to also test out the 17.04 version of Ubuntu with Gnome desktop.
I installed Ubuntu-gnome in an already existing encrypted LVM. The machine that I used actually has two hard drives, with an encrypted LVM on each drive. So this was a different LVM from the one that I used for the mainline Ubuntu (with unity). Currently, both versions of Ubuntu are installed on that machine.
Recently, openSUSE Tumbleweed updated Gnome to version 3.24. So I decided to give it a test. And I ran into some “problems”. This post will discuss those problems.
Gnome under Wayland
My oldest Tumbleweed system was installed in November 2014. And that’s where I first tested Gnome. At the time, I was using “sddm” for logins. Selecting “Gnome” on the login menu gave me a Gnome session running under X11. This was as expected. There was also a menu item for “Gnome-Wayland”. Selecting that gave me Gnome running under Wayland for managing the graphics.
I later switched to using “gdm” as login manager. And, with “gdm”, selecting “Gnome” gave me a Wayland session.
Next, I tried on my laptop. Tumbleweed was installed there on March 14 this year. I was already configured to use “gdm” for logins there. But, try as I did, I was unable to get a Wayland session for Gnome.
I recently did my April install of Tumbleweed. And it’s an interesting system. I also updated an existing Tumbleweed to the new level (20150330).
Of particular interest this month:
- there’s a newer version of NetworkManager;
- Gnome 3.16 is out and has some support for Wayland;
- “top” output format is changed.
I’ll start with Wayland, since that is the biggest change. If you have been living in a cave, and have not heard of Wayland, it has a web page HERE.
Briefly, Wayland is a proposed provider of graphic services as a possible replacement for X-windows. There are arguments around as to whether X needs a replacement. I am taking a wait and see attitude before I make up my mind on that.