Phoronix: Ubuntu Is Going To Deploy Wayland With Unity
This is going to be short as I have another flight to catch to San Diego for the next week [if anyone wants to meet-up to discuss Linux, Phoronix, or the Phoronix Test Suite in the area, contact me]. Anyhow, Mark Shuttleworth just sent over an email saying that they will be deploying the Wayland Display Server with their Unity Desktop -- that's replacing the GNOME Shell by default -- in a future Ubuntu release!..
Yeah I wonder on that too.
X is not that bad, despite so many bad comments.
Also what would be interesting is how much software would break with a transition.
Only software that's not properly written, same as with the global menu bar, RGBA translucency, denying file system write permissions to all but a handful of applications, and changing the configuration directory.
As long as you follow the development guidelines for Ubuntu to the letter, you'll be fine. .....and now that LibreOffice has been pryed out of Sun/Oracle's hands, there might be hope that it'll get a native Ubuntu GUI rewrite too. Just remember: You can write your app for Ubuntu, or you can write it for Qt, or you can write it using your own weird hacks, but if you do the latter, it's about guaranteed to break whenever any user or distributor tries to do anything innovative.
Define 'properly'. Certainly, the average application should be unaffected, if it uses a standard toolkit like Qt or Gtk, and uses *only* that toolkit. But what if it needs to do something clever? Is the chat client "not properly written" because it uses the standard X screen saver API to recognise when the user is away from the keyboard?
glad to see a big player stepping up and pushing the opensource movement where its needed. I for one don't give a dam if we break compatible, since the outcome will likely be a far more streamlined solution.