tl;dr not so fast!
Gnome 42 has been more stable since I took some advice in here and selected Xorg on Gnome as display manager. Today I received 42.3 and after some late night reading of the book on Wayland, btw, it’s a good read once you get past the technical jargon) I decided it’s worth another try.
Wayland is working fine. No crashes, everything looks good and it seems to be a smoother experience.
I will admit after reading the entire Wayland book, I was pretty keen to ditch Xorg, after learning about its sheer lack of security in the modern day.-- I am not even sure it was ever secure enough, and even the few X11 developers that exist today, could continue to support it. Wayland came out of Xorg alumni, so they already knew its weaknesses and I think Wayland has a chance at becoming the dominant display manager in future.
But are we ready for GNOME 43? Not so fast…
It’s a fairly ambitious list of enhancements you can read about GNOME 43 to Bring Support for Web Apps in Software, New Device Security Info Panel
But the bottom line is Epiphany is glitchy. Epiphany, as its lead developer still keeps calling it, after its is supposed to have been renamed to GNOME Web over 10 years ago, the Epiphany name still seems to stick, even as the package name. So when I saw Epiphany getting an update today, I became even more curious, since I just finished reading the developer’s blog.
Ok, extension support is not due until September, but I have quiet confidence it will get there… eventually. Install site as a web application is a neat trick, so I am sure all other browsers follow along soon enough. Even Epiphany’s developer is not sure he will meet the next release date deadline, so I won’t be switching to it any time soon. This is the most common message I keep getting…
So I had enough confidence to write this is Epiphany, but I have to move back to Vivaldi, it’s bloated but at least it works.
Since 2014 we have been hearing that the Gnome Foundation has run out of money and if we listened to the doomsayers, it would have been long gone by now. Fortunately there will always be a Fedora with Red Hat’s rich benefactors who have extremely deep pockets, namely IBM, so I don’t think Gnome is in any perilous danger.
I am really interested to hear members thoughts on Gnome in general, its direction and upcoming Gnome 43 with all its improvements and full Wayland support. Will Wayland take over?