Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 16:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth: "I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say." He's right. Lots of interesting insights in this blog post - I may not agree with everything Ubuntu does, but at least it's doing something.
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Wayland and Mir
by ndrw on Fri 8th Mar 2013 17:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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Looks like Mark has stabbed Wayland project in the back. If they play it out well (i.e. don't bundle it with a ton of Unity crap) it may be _the_ successor of X in Linux.

The reasons are mostly political (technical "issues" pointed by Canonical are a stretch, to say the least). The biggest issue with Wayland is that they just move too slowly and have engaged in ideology (by depending on half-baked in-kernel GPL graphics stack). Anyone who gets rid of this dependency and deploys the stuff first is the winner.

Mir has its problems too - CLA, being late to the market. But it will have the drivers (both Android and proprietary) and will be shipped in millions by a major Linux distribution.

Wayland still has a chance but they:
- have to be more flexible about the graphics stack.
- need a deployment vehicle (like Wayland-on-X) to get Wayland to distributions. That's not unlike how OpenGL compositors were deployed (Xgl).
- have to hurry up.

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