I’m back in the mode of being concerned for the path to mainstream Linux. From a purely Linux perspective, I think Ubuntu is making the right choice here. I, personally, haven’t encountered any issues with Wayland. But if people are encountering critical issues, it’s good that Ubuntu is rolling back for their next LTS release.
But unfortunately that does put things in a bit of a bind. In Wayland I’m encountering software working properly that wasn’t working properly in Xorg specifically because the software has moved on to Wayland. For example, Virtual Machine Manager. I’m also encountering software that hasn’t solved for Wayland yet. For example, Shutter.
I’m worried that the back and forth will be confusing to developers. I’m pretty certain the developers of VMM and Shutter will be continuing development towards Wayland, because that’s where we need to go. It’s when we expand our thinking to include closed source developers. Will they find this to be just a big ball of confusion that they’d rather avoid?
I had this concern back when Steam announced support for Linux. My concern happily seemed to be mostly misplaced. Here’s to hoping I’m just being a worry wart once again.