Wow, this is interesting. Ubuntu is planning to drop X and skip over Wayland to make their own display server called Mir, optimized for low power and diverse screen sizes. They’re providing backward compatibility via a rootless X that is a client of Mir. Even more interesting to me, they’re switching from Nux/GTK+ to Qt/QML. They’re reusing the input stack from Android for mobile, and focusing on OpenGL for output.
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After extensive assessment of our options, we are building our own Display Server for #ubuntu, called Mir – see https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2013-March/036776.html and the spec at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MirSpec – we are also planning on porting Unity to Qt/QML to make development more efficient across our wider convergent strategy – see http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UnityNextSpec for more details
On the same topic, Dave Airlie says “In other news Canonical are unhappy with the wheel, there will be a spec for its replacement any day now.” 🙂
This would be more interesting if it were clear that Canonical understood how X or Wayland worked and were making this decision based on some technical merit, but its not.
Unity irritated me enough that I moved to a Mac.
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