Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Mar 2013 18:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Canonical has today publicly confirmed that they are working on a new cross-platform displayer server for Ubuntu. Called 'Mir', the X Window Server replacement is tasked with 'enabling development of the next generation Unity'. Which, in yet another about-turn, is to be rebuilt in Qt/QML." It'll be used for all Ubuntu variants (phone, tablet, desktop), and the first version will be released come May.
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NIH Syndrome!
by intangible on Mon 4th Mar 2013 19:55 UTC
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At first I thought this was just another case of NIH from Ubuntu, but after giving it some thought and reading their reasoning, I think it's a good idea, especially from the security of input events perspective.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MirSpec#Motivation_-_Why_Mir.3F

There are problems with X that just aren't easily addressable because of unforeseen architecture decisions (hot-plug GPU swapping, input events security, etc), hence the perpetual "just around the corner" Wayland. That said, building a display server that can use the Android drivers is a great idea that short-circuits the problem of getting Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and others on-board.
They're also implementing a rootless X server for backwards compatibility, and it can support Wayland clients if someone feels strongly enough to write the code to support it.

Since Wayland is perpetually 12 months away, and Android's SurfaceFlinger already has vendor support (better than X.org has even), so we're not really getting any typical fragmentation problems here.

I'm also a big fan of QML, especially since the Gnome devs went bonker-nuts with Gnome 3 decisions, so pretty excited about that too.

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