A bit lopsided
Posted Mar 5, 2013 2:32 UTC (Tue) by tetley80
In reply to: A bit lopsided
Parent article: Canonical reveals plans to launch Mir display server (The H)
Except that they got the "mistakes" factually wrong, as evidenced by the discussion going on here. This strongly indicates Canonical didn't bother engaging with Wayland developers, even on a rudimentary level. It also indicates they didn't bother reading Wayland's specs.
Seriously, how hard is it to ask on the Wayland mailing list, "Hey, we're thinking of adopting Wayland, but we have concerns about area XYZ. Can you shed some light on this?" Or even this would have been better-than-nothing: "Hey, we're doing our own display server, and have run into issue XYZ. How did you solve it in Wayland?"
Instead, Canonical hasn't learned from other people's mistakes and is going to put a smaller engineering team (than Wayland et al) on their own display server. As Wayland folks (and X11 folks before them) know, making a display server is not a small task.
So a few pertinent questions to Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth are: (1) What substantial value does your own Mir display server provide that's beyond what Wayland does? (2) Wouldn't it be more cost effective to send patches to Wayland developers? (3) Is keeping the development in-house worth the sacrifice of not leveraging the efforts of other organisations and developers? (4) How does fragmenting the ecosystem/software stack help Ubuntu and Canonical?
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