Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 17:56 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Mir, Ubuntu's in-progress replacement for the X Window System, is being used internally at Ubuntu developer Canonical and will be available to all users in the next version of the operating system. Mir was announced in March, with Canonical saying that a new display server is needed to power the Unity interface across desktops, phones, and tablets." Anyone here experience with Mir? Is it any good? any downsides?
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RE[5]: Comment by BBAP
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 12th Jul 2013 21:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by BBAP"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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Interesting. I had not heard how Mer planned on using Android drivers.

But I have heard that Surfaceflinger is going to be replaced by Mir in the future for Ubuntu phone. They want the same architecture as much as possible.

I agree their plan doesn't make much sense, and stinks of NIH syndrome. From the mailing lists I've read, its pretty clear that it wasn't an engineers decision to create Mir. All the questions hit a dead end at "This is what we at Canonical have decided to do". Its clear that the engineers being grilled by Wayland/KDE, et all are a bit uncomfortable with the whole situation.

I think a big reason is that they want to control the phone/tablet platform without having OEM's just use a "MobileMint" for free. They can do that by leveraging the GPL V3 license along with the CLA on Mir.

I don't begrudge them for wanting to make money from open source. I think that's a good thing (TM). But, they're kind of screwing up the ecosystem ( by creating a different Xorg replacement) to do that. That's not cool.

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