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Ubuntu 24.10 roadmap includes Wayland by default for NVIDIA

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It seems 2024 truly is the year of Wayland on the Linux desktop huh? Even Canonical are now planning to have it by default for NVIDIA for Ubuntu 24.10. Canonical developer Oliver Smith, who is now the Interim Engineering Director for the Ubuntu Desktop team, posted a fresh roadmap of what's to come and it all sounds quite exciting.

One thing to note is that the last release caused some priorities to shift due to the enablement of framepointers by default, 64-bit time_t on armhf and the need to react swiftly to the xz-utils vulnerability so a lot of rebuilding had to be done. But now that's all sorted Smith said "this next cycle is as much about taking the time to polish what we’ve already landed as it is about re-introducing some of those deferred priorities".

Some of the plans for Ubuntu 24.10 include:

  • Expanded hardware support for TPM-backed Full Disk Encryption.
  • A more fully-featured first boot experience.
  • Support for third party deb installation in the App Centre.
  • Making even more use of Flutter.
  • Wayland by default for those with NVIDIA graphics cards.
  • More progress on the Ubuntu Core Desktop.
  • Various improvements for Windows Subsystem for Linux with Ubuntu.

On top of all that they are also looking to continue to expand the Ubuntu Desktop team "by at least another 50% over the next year", so it's clear Canonical is putting a true renewed focus on the desktop now and they "think the future is bright for the Linux desktop".

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10 comments

Nasra May 20
Hope Wayland is in better shape than it is now... But for Ubuntus, LTS are always the best to have stable experience.
CyborgZeta May 20
I know most people using Ubuntu or one of its flavors run the LTS, but I've had a good experience running normal releases the past two years. I will probably continue doing so on my desktop. Although, it's Kubuntu in my case.
spacemonkey May 20
Would you say that Ubuntu is the best OS if you just want things to work and not tinker, especially for gaming?
LoudTechie May 20
Quoting: spacemonkeyWould you say that Ubuntu is the best OS if you just want things to work and not tinker, especially for gaming?

A. You're a brave person for asking such a question.
B. No, I think PopOS is more suited.
(proprietary drivers, smaller push for paid features and less ecosystem locking)
Quoting: spacemonkeyWould you say that Ubuntu is the best OS if you just want things to work and not tinker, especially for gaming?
It's certainly billed that way.

Though don't install Steam through the Snap Store. It's buggy and Valve recommends either the Flatpak or their official .deb package.
Pyrate May 20
Quoting: spacemonkeyWould you say that Ubuntu is the best OS if you just want things to work and not tinker, especially for gaming?

I hear Bazzite/Nobara are currently some of the best Just Works(tm), no tinkering distro's out there.
QuoteExpanded hardware support for TPM-backed Full Disk Encryption.
Very excited for this at least if it's implemented in a way that can be re-used by other distro.

The requirement to input password before the boot process continues can be really annoying - I'd rather it be dealt with automatically, and I just have to deal with the DM's log-in page. I could easily turn auto-log-in on and off, very useful while tinkering.
Quoting: Pyrate
Quoting: spacemonkeyWould you say that Ubuntu is the best OS if you just want things to work and not tinker, especially for gaming?

I hear Bazzite/Nobara are currently some of the best Just Works(tm), no tinkering distro's out there.
I can second Bazzite, particularly because of the greater Universal Blue group's work on the `yafti` GUI setup tool and `ujust` CLI scripting tool, which makes setting up a lot of things so much easier. They also write a lot of guides in their forums (like how to install Davinci Resolve), and have the very robust Blue Build which gives fairly easy-to-learn declarative-ish custom image builder, so it's also great for power-user or just as a learning experience as well.

Granted, Plasma 6.0 is still pretty rough from what I hear, but you can use the GTS channel to stick with the older Fedora 39 base, then jump straight to Fedora 41 once they come out with improved Plasma 6.1 or 6.2 (this is what I'm planning on doing myself).
Nyx May 21
Quoting: Pyrate
Quoting: spacemonkeyWould you say that Ubuntu is the best OS if you just want things to work and not tinker, especially for gaming?

I hear Bazzite/Nobara are currently some of the best Just Works(tm), no tinkering distro's out there.

I can second nobara, I've rarely had any issues crop up and when I do there is usually a solution in their discord, on the website in the bug tracker.

I've been running that for around 18 months now, and I especially picked it because I honestly just wanted to boot and play my games and do it things rather than the "arch" experience.
Pyrate May 21
Quoting: fenglengshunGranted, Plasma 6.0 is still pretty rough from what I hear

I don't know what you heard, but as someone who was used to more "official" desktop experience of Windows 10 and co until 2 months ago, Plasma 6 is near perfect. I don't have any issues that I can recall right now.

I appreciate the insight into Bazzite. Do you reckon it could be used on a gaming laptop that is also used for general desktop work? or is it exclusively about gaming, where I'd be better off using something like Nobara? (I'm thinking of Bazzite because I'm interested in the whole atomic variant concept of Fedora)
Quoting: PyrateI appreciate the insight into Bazzite. Do you reckon it could be used on a gaming laptop that is also used for general desktop work? or is it exclusively about gaming, where I'd be better off using something like Nobara? (I'm thinking of Bazzite because I'm interested in the whole atomic variant concept of Fedora)
I use Bazzite for my work laptop (I'm planning to do the same to my backup laptop, though rebasing it to the uCore server image once I don't need the UI). And it's fine? You'd need to add some stuff if it's not provided by default, but it's not hard to do and in fact integrated to their default yafti and ujust recipes. If you don't like the setup, you can always rebase to Bluefin or even plain ublue or Fedora Atomic images.

Granted, I also use the Blue Build system, as it's called now, which might look daunting but if you look at the How-To page it's still the six clicks process that it remains to be from back when it's still under the Universal Blue website.
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