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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RE[6]: Comment by Laurence
by _txf_ on Fri 8th Mar 2013 21:30 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Laurence"
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I would ask though, do you think Apple or Microsoft developers are familiar with Xorg or Weston? They seem to be doing pretty well in the graphics department. I would bring up SurfaceFlinger on Android too, but something tells me they probably are familiar with Xorg.

I suspect that Apple or MS have FAR more resources to throw at infrastructure than Canonical (and plenty of experience). Also It does help to know low level linux infrastructure. The fact that their critique of Wayland was utter BS does not bode well (if you're going to make a technical critique, you maybe should know what you're talking about).

The way Canonical has executed on their other projects does not leave me hopeful. Just look at the number of false starts with Unity.

SurfaceFlinger is a really bad example. Only recently has it become decent enough to compare to other display servers (with basic features like mirroring or changing resolution). It has taken several years to get to this point (SurfaceFlinger has been in development since the beginning of android, before its purchase by Google).

It also should be noted that they want Mir to be equivalent to SurfaceFlinger AND Xorg. That implies complexity that I just don't think they're prepared for. By the time they're done they will have reimplemented the Wayland protocol (SurfaceFlinger uses Androids Binder as an IPC).

Edited 2013-03-08 21:48 UTC

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