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If Ubuntu is going to use MIR with Ubuntu 13.10, and Gnome is going to use Wayland with Gnome Shell 3.10, will there be any problems to have gnome-shell up to date in Ubuntu 13.10?

Because some dependencies are going to be installed when I will install Gnome Shell right? Or is that what the Ubuntu GNOME flavor was made for? To avoid that problem?

But what about people who would like to have Unity and Gnome Shell Desktop Environments?

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In GNOME 3.10 Xorg will still be the default display server as stated in, however in the future version of GNOME (3.12), Xorg is going to be fully replaced with Wayland, yet maintaining some degree of Xorg compatibility.

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so then, if id like to have gnome-shell (newest one), i gotta go to another distro? ;d – JarekJ83 May 2 '13 at 0:57
no, not another distro entirely, but to keep things clean, probably a derivative or "remix" of Ubuntu that cuts out the Mir + Unity and replaces it with Wayland + Gnome. – niagr May 22 '13 at 19:08
As of GNOME 3.18, Wayland is still not default. – Bharadwaj Raju May 29 at 13:52

I believe that GNOME will still support X in 3.12. According to, most parts of GNOME will still work under X.

If you do not need Unity and Mir/X then Ubuntu GNOME flavor will probably be using Wayland when Gnome switches compatibility. Ubuntu GNOME is a Ubuntu flavor that uses Gnome shell as the default Desktop Environment. It still has mostly all features of Ubuntu but includes Gnome Shell instead of Unity.

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