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How to revert back to X11 / Xorg from Wayland

Wayland is intended as a “simpler replacement for X”, and is getting quite a bit of hype around the Linux community. So much so, that it’s the default in the latest versions of Fedora, GNOME, KDE and others.

While Wayland may be the future, it really is in future. At least for Ubuntu 17.10. The issue here is that a number of Linux desktop applications still depend on X.Org (such as synergy and screencloud). They don’t support Wayland very well at all.

For me, unfortunately, Wayland doesn’t play well with my preferred hardware and favorite software yet, and plus I’m a bit old-school.

So I prefer to stick with X11 / Xorg…

First, edit /etc/gdm/custom.conf.

Look for the lines below:

# Uncoment the line below to force the login screen to use Xorg

Uncomment (remove the ‘#’) preceeding the “WayLandEnable” variable and save the file, then reboot.

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