As of 2017, is there a distro that doesn't have X11 server installed and instead uses Wayland? I don't want to boot into text-mode, I want to boot into graphical mode without X11.
Fedora 25 uses Wayland by default, although it still has
Xwayland to support all the X11 clients.
There is an X11 server too, for X11 sessions if necessary. But the default setup doesn’t use it at all.
Have a look at RebeccaBlackOS. Quote:
The latest ISO now has a login manager for Wayland, and now it has removed X from the startup path of the system.
Last time I tested it (about a year ago) it offered different Wayland compositors, some with and some without Xwayland.