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OpenBSD Founder Theo de Raadt Says Wayland is an Attack Software Choice and a Push Towards "Vertical Software Monocultures"

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Oct 12, 2023

Theo de Raadt at ruBSD 2013 in Moscow

THIS past month or so we wrote many articles about the manic rush for everyone and everything to adopt Wayland. Technical limitations be gone! Poof!!! Developers' schedule or users' input wasn't even a consideration. There's a rallying cry and IBM (et al) wish to control a lot of the stack as it would help with support contracts. Desktop/laptop users? Who cares about what they think? Remember that Red Hat views them as "freeloaders" anyway...

Mr. "de Raadt's comment on GNOME vs X11 is a possible topic," one reader said. As if the media will pick this up...

Well, as it turns out, yesterday he wrote the following message in response to "Gnome is dropping X11" (we've highlighted about 3 articles about this so far this week). To quote de Raadt:

List: openbsd-ports
Subject: Re: Gnome is dropping X11
From: "Theo de Raadt" <deraadt () openbsd ! org>
Date: 2023-10-11 18:24:05
Message-ID: 38920.1697048645 () cvs ! openbsd ! org


Chris Narkiewicz <hello@ezaquarii.com> wrote:

> TL;DR, the writing is on the wall


The writing has been on the wall a very long time that some people believe
their role in the ecosystem is to reduce software choice and push everyone
into vertical software monocultures.

So this is what a respected BSD developer thinks of the move. This is de Raadt's opinion. Remember what Bruce Perens said about systemd. He endorses Devuan.

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