I switched to Wayland because of Waydroid! I have no idea if I would have switched otherwise, but probably.
I know in the beginnings, Wayland was really weird at least on Kubuntu or what I used back then. Icons missing and all, but I got used to it because of Waydroid. Switched back to X11 quite a lot back then.
Now on Fedora Kinoite I stay at Wayland. But I had interesting issues with user permissions, where only X11 worked.
I don’t remember! It became the default in GNOME in Fedora Workstation 25. For a few releases, I kept changing it back when something annoyed me or got in my way. Somewhere along the line, I discovered how to use .XCompose instead of ~/.Xmodmap to make typing a few common unicode characters easier, and at some point I stopped hitting those problems, and stopped switching.
Wayland support was one of the main reasons I switched to Fedora in the first place. I’ve been trying it out on my Intel+NVIDIA hybrid laptop and it would never work and I would always come crawling back to X11… until GNOME 42. And since F36 Beta was the first taste of it I could get, I decided to switch from Arch to it. And have been using ever since.
I keep trying Wayland, but I have two monitors . I can’t figure out how to make this work with Wayland, but Xorg seems to have no problem with it.
The issue is that the primary video card in my desktop has only one type of output, and that is not compatible with my (older) secondary monitor. So the secondary is driven by the Intel motherboard. It’s funky, I know, but I don’t have a hardware budget right now (another reason why I am a diehard Linux/Fedora fan).
I am reading that Xorg will soon be dropped altogether, which means I may have to give up my secondary monitor.
I <3 i3wm, so wayland is a no for me as daily driver. Now I use Wayland when for some reason I need to use Gnome (For a recording or anything else), mainly on F37 and beyond. I used it since is possible and reliable to record screencast on wayland, that was one of the main problems it had in the past
I’ve been using Wayland for about a year and a half now. Not really sure what made me initially switch, but what makes me stay is both that I don’t have to worry about any screen tearing while playing games, as well as having four monitors.
One thing about xorg that always bugged me is that your desktop runs compositing at the framerate of the lowest framerate monitor. Everything else runs at full framerate, but dragging windows and other such things would run at 60fps on all of my monitors. On Wayland each monitor does desktop compositing at the full framerate that each monitor supports.
I was a die hard i3wm user until I tried sway on Wayland. Converting my i3wm dotfiles to sway was painless, and things are much smoother/faster/organized too. People say that sway is just i3wm for Wayland, and I’d agree with that wholeheartedly
I kept trying to run it since it shown up. In the early years it wouldn’t even start on my hardware. Later on it gave me an idea what it’s going to be (one day, eventually). And ever since it stop crashing on my machines (couple of years ago, five or so I think) it’s my default. Quite some of legacy X apps work nice under Wayland (xdvi for example). Whenever nostalgia hits me and I want some XScreenSaver hacks or xpenguins, I can fire up WMaker or twm in separate VT.
I’ve been using X11 with VMS/Solaris/IRIX/RHEL since the early X-terminals came out, so I know it was designed for hardware with limited capabilities. Emacs is my main working environment, but I use some scientific software with overly complex multiple layers of menus to create remote sensing images. The many “enhancements” that have been added to Xorg have created intractable maintenance/security headaches, so when in 2018 I retired from a job where Windows was the corporate standard, I replaced Linux Mint with Fedora on my personal desktop and started using Wayland. For years I used VNC to work with GUI apps on RHEL and MacOS servers, but now use Jupyter and Rstudio servers with web browser interfaces. Many of my colleagues work in Windows only enterprise environments, but can now use Wayland with WSL2 where previously they had to convince IT to allow them to install a Windows X-server.
I’ve been using Wayland since 2 years and my reason was simple, for me it was performing much better in gaming than X11 which I find odd after reading and hearing, how it can cause gaming issues and when I was starting out, I thought “Oh, now I get it why everyone is pushing for Wayland in Linux desktop”. Also smooth animations and touchpad gestures in Gnome.
I initially tried wayland in late 2020 on kde plasma on arch, it wasn’t that good of experience at the time. There were visual glitches and animations were not smooth.
A year later, I gave wayland another go after a plasma update, I couldn’t tell the different any more, there was no obvious difference, I have been wayland only since then. Every plasma update since has polished the experience.