Join us on the Linux Gaming community on Lemmy, the federated open source alternative to Reddit.

A day many have been waiting for is here. Following on from NVIDIA releasing the NVIDIA 470.42.01 Beta driver that finally supports hardware accelerated OpenGL and Vulkan rendering on Xwayland, a brand new release of XWayland is out now.

XWayland 21.1.2 would have usually been a cleaning up bug-fix release, however when the Release Candidate went out in late June developer Michel Dänzer mentioned:

It's a bit special, as most of the changes are not the usual stable branch fixes material, but are needed for HW accelerated direct rendering with the Nvidia 470 driver (which is currently in open beta).

I'm making an exception, pulling these changes into the 21.1 branch instead of waiting for the next major release, since the changes are mostly specific to the EGLStream backend and do not affect the GBM backend. And they make a big difference for users of the EGLStream backend.

That release has now been made as of today, July 9, where the only difference is "a fix for a long standing issue where Xwayland wouldn't send events to notify clients of RandR configuration changes in some cases".

Hopefully soon various Linux distributions will pick up the new version, so users don't have to do any manual work for enabling hardware accelerated OpenGL and Vulkan rendering on Xwayland with their favourite distribution. Once done, it should mean NVIDIA users see a much better experience on Wayland.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
23 Likes , Who?
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG and Humble Store. See more here.
About the author -
author picture
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
25 comments
Page: 1/3»
  Go to:

BielFPs 9 Jul
Finally Very Nice, now we just need the main distros Debian / Ubuntu lts / Fedora / Arch to default to Wayland sessions, and we are good to go :)
Hooly 9 Jul
Quoting: BielFPsFinally Very Nice, now we just need the main distros Debian / Ubuntu lts / Fedora / Arch to default to Wayland sessions, and we are good to go :)

Fedora 34 uses Gnome Wayland by default, also what I'm currently using. (They also immediately patched their XWayland package with this patch for Nvidia 470)
Three weeks in, and I have to say it works significantly better than what I was used to on Plasma Wayland (haven't tried Sway, yet).

XWayland windows are not pixelated when using monitor resolution scaling, even when using fractional scaling.
Compare that to Plasma XWayland, where it is obvious if a window uses Wayland or X.


Last edited by Hooly on 9 July 2021 at 7:33 pm UTC
slaapliedje 10 Jul
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
Quoting: BielFPsFinally Very Nice, now we just need the main distros Debian / Ubuntu lts / Fedora / Arch to default to Wayland sessions, and we are good to go :)
Considering this is still a beta driver... nah.
ahoneybun 10 Jul
Quoting: BielFPsFinally Very Nice, now we just need the main distros Debian / Ubuntu lts / Fedora / Arch to default to Wayland sessions, and we are good to go :)

Arch with GNOME does by default as well though Plasma needs the plasma-wayland-seesion package to do it.
kon14 10 Jul
Quoting: slaapliedjeConsidering this is still a beta driver... nah.

Which means absolutely nothing, unless you're a distro maintainer.
BielFPs 10 Jul
Quoting: HoolyFedora 34 uses Gnome Wayland by default
Quoting: ahoneybunArch with GNOME does by default as well though Plasma needs the plasma-wayland-seesion package to do it.
I'm aware of this, I change to gnome because of their wayland support.

Quoting: HoolyThree weeks in, and I have to say it works significantly better than what I was used to on Plasma Wayland
It's nice to know that

Quoting: slaapliedjeConsidering this is still a beta driver... nah.
Beta means almost stable, the good part is Nvidia started to show sign of proper Wayland/xWayland support, instead of being deniers about that.

I personally hope the next Ubuntu lts defaults to Wayland, so Wayland support will be probably improve a lot by third party applications.
STiAT 10 Jul
Nice, that could clear the path for a better wayland adoption.
slaapliedje 10 Jul
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
Quoting: BielFPsBeta means almost stable, the good part is Nvidia started to show sign of proper Wayland/xWayland support, instead of being deniers about that.
Beta means it isn't going to be packaged by most distributions. Some of us don't have time to muck with betas. I used to, but have too many other permanently beta things going on to mess with my video drivers. Not to mention wayland is still perpetually beta. 😜
slaapliedje 11 Jul
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
Quoting: kon14
Quoting: slaapliedjeConsidering this is still a beta driver... nah.

Which means absolutely nothing, unless you're a distro maintainer.
Sure it does. Means me, as a user, may not wish to muck with a non-distribution driver. I am sure once it is marked Stable, then I can install it without adding third party repos, or other garbage that may or may not contain more than the beta driver.
BielFPs 11 Jul
Quoting: slaapliedjeBeta means it isn't going to be packaged by most distributions. Some of us don't have time to muck with betas.
Which distro you're maintainer?

Quoting: slaapliedjeNot to mention wayland is still perpetually beta. 😜
"beta" or not, it's the x11 replacement.
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Patreon, Liberapay or PayPal Donation.

This ensures all of our main content remains totally free for everyone with no article paywalls. We also don't have tons of adverts, there's also no tracking and we respect your privacy. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Login / Register

Or login with...
Sign in with Steam Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google
Social logins require cookies to stay logged in.

Livestreams & Videos
Community Livestreams
Latest Forum Posts