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.

  • It will be really difficult to find any distribution that doesn't boot into text on fbdev first, and then starts Wayland. – dirkt Apr 19 '17 at 18:51
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    @dirkt true, but distros using Plymouth switch to a graphical progress bar very quickly on modern systems — so the impression is that you go straight from EFI to Grub (if it’s used) to a graphical boot to the login screen. – Stephen Kitt Apr 19 '17 at 19:00

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.

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    If I delete XWayland, will it still boot? – Xis88 Apr 19 '17 at 16:22
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    I’ll let you try that... gdm and the GNOME packages end up depending on the Xwayland package, so I doubt it. Even if it boots, you won’t be able to run much, many applications in Fedora are still X clients, not Wayland clients. – Stephen Kitt Apr 19 '17 at 16:27

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.

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