Persistent rumors of a Canonical-developed display server have been confirmed
over at The H. Instead of X, Wayland, or SurfaceFlinger, the Mir display server
will be used in upcoming projects.
Currently, the developers are using the Android SurfaceFlinger to deliver the Phone and Tablet experiences which were recently released as developer previews. But Canonical says that, by May this year, it will be replaced by Mir. It added that eventually the tablet will migrate to the same infrastructure as the desktop system.
For the desktop, the plan is equally ambitious: a migration in May to a Mir/QMir/Unity Next shell and Mir/QtUbuntu/Qt/QML application stack running on top of the current free graphics drive stack. Closed source driver support is still being worked on, with Canonical saying it is talking with GPU vendors about creating distilled, reusable, cross-platform EGL-centric drivers in the future. The May milestone will, though, be the first point in actual shell development and giving developers something to work with.
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