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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ideasman42
Member since:
2007-07-20

Too many standards? - this hardly applies for X11 alternatives. Unlike languages and file formats, a display manager needs buy-in from driver writers, widget toolkits, application developers... So I think its very unlikely we will be spoilt for choice here.

Edited 2013-07-12 12:18 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The whole point is there is Mir and Wayland. It causes fragmentation.

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ideasman42 Member since:
2007-07-20

At this point neither are far enough along to cause much fragmentation, And I expect only one will end up being the defacto-standard replacement for X11. So worth a little fragmentation to let the best one win.

Edited 2013-07-12 15:16 UTC

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orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

In this case, barring something extremely unforeseen, it's going to cause isolation. Specifically Ubuntu's, and in all honesty that may just be Shuttleworth's endgame all along. Most of the rest of the Linux world has publicly aligned behind Wayland already.

The real fragmentation issues will come in between operating systems that run Wayland and those that don't or can't.

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vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

One man's fragmentation is another man's versatility. Linux was always about choice. Coming up with ONE Linux to fight the ONE Windows was never a realistic thing. You would have to have one corporation controlling it all with a big ass campus like Microsoft's and go back in time to erase the early maneuverings of Bill to get the OEMs onboard.

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