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Wayland on Debian 10

Postby Bp_Tec » 2019-08-04 19:18

Hey everyone, so I have a bit of confusion regarding xorg and wayland.
I was under the impression that Debian 10 was shipped with wayland by default, but when i do a

echo $XDG_SESSION_TYPE

I get x11
I'm running Gnome Desktop, but used the non-free install, in order to get my NVIDIA Quadro P400 to work properly.

Is there a way to switch to wayland to test it out?

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Re: Wayland on Debian 10

Postby phenest » 2019-08-04 20:33

I would also like to know the answer to this. Not that I've done much research, but I'm at a loss to understand.

I upgraded from Debian 9 and only have the option of X11. No way to login into Gnome under Wayland. I'm also using the proprietory nVidia driver. I also have an ASUS tablet which has a fresh installation of Debian 10, but that gives both options (Intel graphics).

Is there a specific criteria?
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Re: Wayland on Debian 10

Postby phenest » 2019-08-05 12:57

Some reading:
https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxquestions/comments/8q1ko0/why_cant_existing_nvidia_drivers_be_used_with/

Basically, the preprietory nVidia drivers are not Wayland compatible because nVidia won't support it.

The answer is to use the nouveau drivers instead. I don't do anything graphically heavy these days, so I'm going to switch drivers and see what happens.
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Re: Wayland on Debian 10

Postby Bp_Tec » 2019-08-05 16:36

Thanks for the update,

The thread really helped clear things up.

I think ill just stick with Xorg then, anytime I run the nouveau drivers my system becomes very unstable, the Nvidia proprietary drivers are the only way to get my P400 working.
My stability right now is top notch, so its nice to keep it this way. I guess i can always switch to my on-board intel card if i wan to test wayland.

Thanks again, have a good one...
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Re: Wayland on Debian 10

Postby phenest » 2019-08-05 16:49

From what I can determine, your P400 is a GP107 gpu which requires signed firmware binaries that nouveau doesn't have.
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Re: Wayland on Debian 10

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-08-05 17:03

The firmware-misc-nonfree package seems to have the files for GP107 cards.
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