Ubuntu Rushes Mir, XMir Into Ubuntu 13.10


In a move that have been playing out dramatically, and implosively, within the open source community, Ubuntu is set to introduce thier next-generation display server.  Originally slated for inclusion in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu will be providing Mir by default in the very next release, Saucy Salamander.  This news comes just moments after Jonathan Riddell announced, unequivocally, that Kubuntu would not be switching to XMir.

This move seems hasty.  Could Canonical not have provided a ‘technology preview’ of Mir?  Why not offer two separate flavors of Saucy Salamander; one with Xorg, and one with MirXMir.  Here are some words from the announcement:

As many of you are probably aware, we are working on the Mir display server that is designed to provide a fast, efficient, and extensible display server across phone, tablet, desktop, and TV. Our ultimate goal is a fully converged Unity 8 running on top of Mir ready for the next LTS timeframe, and in 13.10 we plan on making our first step in that direction.

For 13.10 we plan on delivering Mir by default in Ubuntu Desktop with XMir (an implementation of X running on Mir) and our current Unity 7 codebase (the same Unity codebase that is currently in the Saucy development release).

So, if you’ve ever felt like you’re in the mood to be a guinea pig or a lab rat, October will be the month for you.  The announcement does however indicate that flavors such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu and others run amicably on XMir, and even goes so far as to assume that those will use it.  Here is a video provided y Jono Bacon demonstrating desktop performance on XMir.

Be sure to hit up the source link below for a quick Q&A regarding the change.

Source | fridge.ubuntu.com

Via | WebUpD8

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  • Connie New

    Actually does make sense if the X compatibility layer works well enough; you can have an OPTIONAL evolutionary migration from X-server to Mir. So if most X applications and desktop environments work without any changes through X-Mir, the Mir becomes a layer that is only optionally used to begin with unless there is requirement for the application to take advantage of the cross platform ambitions of Canonical

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  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    They should do it as fast as possible.

    One of the reasons of the KDE team was that they cannot wait until 2014 anyway so they must start supporting Wayland.

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  • dsmithhfx

    This looks technically impressive. If it works as well as it looks in the video (and on non-intel GPUs), Ubuntu may have a winner. I think they are angling at winning new users, vs. clinging to some fraction of the linux desktop’s negligible market share. The question is, are they abandoning the linux/open source DE space completely? I also think they will have a very, very tough time cracking into a very competitive mobile space dominated by the likes of Apple and Google.

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  • James LaBarre

    And the same question arises for Mir that the Wayland folks stubbornly refuse to address: Does this support Network Transparency **by default**??? Without that, it’s going to become a disaster for administrators and power-users if this gets adopted.

    • sep332

      This isn’t about power users, it’s about making 95% of users’ experience better. Most admins use text consoles, not X forwarding. And the few who need graphics would do fine with a post-compositor remote desktop like VNC. There’s almost no one who needs network transparency at that level of the stack.

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