I have a fresh install of Debian Buster and everywhere is written that Buster is comming with Wayland as default. So I would like to give it a try, but I cannot find it :-) I have discrete Nvidia card, but I am running on Intel.

In GDM login I have under gear icon 3 options: "X default, Gnome, Gnome classic". Looks like the Gnome will start on Wayland, but it not. Same as other 3 options.

Here some info for value "Gnome"

lspci -k | grep -A 3 -i "VGA"

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation UHD Graphics 630 (Mobile)
Subsystem: Dell UHD Graphics 630 (Mobile)
Kernel driver in use: i915
Kernel modules: i915

lspci -k | grep -A 2 -i "3D"

01:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: Dell GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile]
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia


gnome-shell --version
GNOME Shell 3.30.2



How can I run the Gnome with Wayland on Buster? What is wrong with my Buster that Wayland is not default?

Thanks for your thoughts.

  • So you have GNOME and use GDM correct? When you are on the login screen the gear icon in the top right does not give you the option for GNOME on wayland? I would check out this post as well as double check that you have everything Debian needs listed here. 1 issue that I think you might be having is that you are using nvidia proprietary drivers which do not work the best with wayland. Could you update your post confirming that the option in GDM works or not?
    – kemotep
    Aug 23 '19 at 17:51
  • Yes, I am using GDM+Gnome, but in GDM option there was only X server, not Wayland. Nothing worked until upgrading to kernel 5.2. Now I can switch to Wayland, unfortunately I don't know why.
    – Martin
    Oct 24 '19 at 20:16
  • i have the same issue. i upgraded from stretch, and had used gnome-wayland, but now there's no wayland option on my gdm screen.
    – 象嘉道
    Feb 11 '20 at 15:55

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