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 Mir – XMir. 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.