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Just as the world seems to be going back to thin-clients (or VDI or whatever you want to call it), the Linux world seems poised to drop network transparency and force people to use fat-clients (I'm looking at you Ubuntu, possibly Fedora too, and the whole Wayland thing).
Not really true at all
There would be nothing to prevent you running a Wayland session remotely. Your remote client would capture mouse / keyboard events and send them over the network to the server. In return it would send back graphics instructions representing the desktop and your remote session would render them. The pipe could be anything, e.g. ssh tunneling.
Fundamentally it wouldn't be far removed from how VNC or NX work right now, except it wouldn't require screen scraping or conflating / discarding X primitives into a more efficient format to do. It would offer choices of how the rendering was achieved - one could imagine a really dumb client would barely any rendering and would receive bitmaps, while a rich client with OpenGL / DirectX would do everything remotely.
That aside, there is nothing to stop someone running X11 over Wayland, just like it happens on OS X, Windows.
Ah...cool. One of the few things I had heard about Wayland was it dropping network transparency. "No one uses it, why support it?" I thought that sounded odd.