Canonical reveals plans to launch Mir display server (The H)
Posted Mar 5, 2013 5:06 UTC (Tue) by rsidd
Parent article: Canonical reveals plans to launch Mir display server (The H)
The complaints above are along the lines of
- They haven't understood Wayland / haven't talked to its upstream guys
- It's yet another interface that needs to be supported
- They've underestimated the magnitude of the task
None of which is relevant, I feel. The point is Ubuntu is Shuttleworth's pet project. He became incredibly rich by being at the right place in the right time with the right service (Thawte), and has indulged himself since with a space trip and Ubuntu.
And Shuttleworth's not stupid. Very likely the reasons for not using Wayland were bogus and the real reasons are something like "We want to put out a project by 2014 and are not confident Wayland will be ready". They are willing to work to port the most common toolkits, as well as a rootless X server, to Mir. And Ubuntu has been good at implementing their ideas, be it Upstart or Unity or Ubuntu One. Unity is not universally beloved but it has fared better than GNOME 3, or, for that matter, KDE 4. Shuttleworth has a product and a timeframe in mind. He has decided that this is what it will take to get there. Good luck to him.
I use Ubuntu but not Unity (it's been i3wm for a couple of months now). Maybe Mir+rootless-X will work for me, maybe it won't, but as long as they keep xorg in the repositories, I don't particularly care what else they do :)
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