I hope Weston/Wayland starts faster than X. My Kernel and Userspace boot is just 1,3 seconds after that the screen goes dark when x server starts and that actually takes longer than the real bootup.
The major toolkits (GTK/QT) have been working on Wayland for a while now. And with it's compositor approach combined with a embedded X server it should already be compatible with all the applications you are using today. Early adopters shouldn't have much trouble using it in a few months, I expect.
Plus, since most of Gnome and I suppose KDE uses vector-based graphics and X windows supports arbitrary DPI settings then it should look fine on higher resolution displays if properly configured. Not that most people actually know how to do that. Especially if they are using a desktop that makes it a pain in the ass to configure stuff; like XFCE.
PS. The secret to retina display is that they moved from 72 DPI to 144 DPI... which means that they took their icons and reduced the size they are shrunk by 50%.
As of today only parts of a typical Linux GUI stack actually works with that many DPI without looking blurry.
PS: If you guys are bitching because I used the term “retina display”, just go and die. No way I will ever use “High Density Wide Quad High Definition display” (or something like that) to describe the same thing.
i think you should go and die then.
I use a so called retina display since a couple of years, for you see, my <13" laptop is 1920x1080 (oh yeah i just call it a high dpi display)
i just set the dpi of Xorg to 120 (yeah im not at 144, oh dear) and i'm happy.
there is one single app in those 2 years that don't behave and its chrome. and to use your language, fuck chrome. firefox's just fine.