BUG - GNOME won't load Wayland session with latest Nvidia 381.22 drivers + Ubuntu GNOME 17.04

I’ve been talking with the GNOME DE community as well as devs, and they say everything is set in place to load gnome-shell under Wayland (see the bug report I submitted to GNOME here: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=781075). They said the issue lies in the Linux Nvidia driver itself.

When you boot into Ubuntu (GNOME) 17.04, the GNOME login screen (GDM) has a gear button with different session options to load after login. Wayland, the new display server, is GNOME’s default session. When the NVidia 381.22 drivers are installed, GNOME only shows 2 out of 3 of the session options. The user can’t load a GNOME session under Wayland, only X11/Xorg.

Even after the Nvidia 381.22 drivers are installed on Ubuntu 17.04, the user should be able to log in with their username and password, and - with the “GNOME” option selected in the gear button - GNOME should load under the Wayland display server.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 x64
GNOME / GDM 3.24.1
Linux kernel 4.10.0-21-generic
Nvidia 381.22 proprietary drivers via ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card
X.org 1.19.3
Wayland-protocols (package version 1.7-1)

Other Ubuntu GNOME users have apparently had this issue as well, though this post has a few more Nvidia-centric details like my bug report link that I think can help: https://askubuntu.com/questions/907727/no-way-to-choose-wayland-in-gdm-using-ubuntugnome-17-04

Same issue on gnome 3.24.

Same here.

Ubuntu 17.10
GeForce GTX 960
Linux kernel 4.13.0
GNOME Shell 3.26.1

You probably need to have the nvidia driver running with modeset=1 for wayland to work, and this is not the default for the nvidia driver. There is lots of discussion on how to get the nvidia driver working with modeset=1 on the Prime Sync thread, since it’s a requirement for that technology too.

But it still won’t work. gdm and nvidia with modeset=1 is a ton of misery in my experience.