NVIDIA has released today a public BETA test of their proprietary driver
which supports hardware acceleration with Xwayland.
For this to work, it requires changes and fixes in Xwayland which are already
part of the current builds shipped with Fedora 34 (currently in testing is
Please help us test this support for hardware acceleration with the NVIDIA
proprietary driver in Xwayland, and report issues for Xwayland in Fedora
By default, the display manager (GDM) will automatically disable Wayland
when the NVIDIA driver is loaded. To enable Wayland with NVIDIA's proprietary
driver, you'll need comment out that line in the file
# disable Wayland when using the proprietary nvidia driver
# DRIVER=="nvidia", RUN+="/usr/libexec/gdm-runtime-config set daemon
And restart your system.
This is beta version of the driver, so issues are to be expected and reported:
* To the NVIDIA forums for specific NVIDIA driver issues
* To Fedora bugzilla for the rest.
There is a number of currently known issues:
* A blank window with Chromium based web browsers (including GOOGLE Chrome)
This is an issue with Chromium's GPU sandboxing, a workaround is to
disable GPU rendering with “--disable-gpu”
* Applications such as Blender or Steam sometimes show a black window
This is an issue with the driver which should be addressed later.
* EGL on Xwayland does not work with NVIDIA proprietary driver
This is a known limitation in the driver which should be addressed later.
* vulkan application such as “vulkaninfo” crashes
* GTK3 applications running on Xwayland (GDK_BACKEND=x11 …) fail
This is an issue with the driver which falsely claims support for
the GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap extension, should be addressed later.
* GTK4 application show nothing on Wayland with NVIDIA proprietary driver
This is a known issue with GTK4 reported upstream here:
* Firefox Webrender fails to render on Wayland native with NVIDIA driver
Webrender with hardware acceleration uses EGL and fails to render on
Wayland with the NVIDIA proprietary driver because of an ambiguity in the
EGL specification causing a difference between Mesa and NVIDIA
implementations and Firefox Webrender relies on Mesa's implementation.
The latest Firefox update for Fedora disables hardware rendering with
NVIDIA proprietary driver to work around the issue.
* Fullscreen GLX applications do not render in KDE with Xwayland
This is an issue with KDE's Wayland compositor.
* Shaped windows on Xwayland are upside-down in GNOME Shell
This is an issue with mutter reported here: