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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by kurkosdr on Tue 5th Mar 2013 12:25 UTC
kurkosdr
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When in doubt, rewrite.


Wasn't X.org the thing even die hard Linux fans hated with the fire of nine suns? Someone is developing a replacement for it, in case the Wayland thing doesn't go anywhere. Why is this bad?

They should stick to what they do best, which is to repackage other people's work, and not try to fork the Linux desktop.

Some could say that the reason Ubuntu didn't manage to make a dent in the mainstream all these years is because they are passively packaging what upstream sends, without worrying to much about how the final product will behave (how stable it will be, whether it will preserve back compat etc). Here are some examples: The PulseAudio fiasco, the constant X.org breakages caused from bundling new versions of X.org without proper testing because "that's what upstream sent" etcetcera. Essentially, Canonical is trying to do an open source Quartz which will replace the broken and older-than-most-people-here X.org. Why is that bad?

Edited 2013-03-05 12:31 UTC

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