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Phoronix: Why Canonical Is Using Android Drivers For Ubuntu Mir
With Canonical's Mir Display Server for future releases of Ubuntu Linux, they are supporting Android's graphics layer and drivers rather than inventing their own solution, trying to push X.Org drivers, or demanding mobile graphics drivers modelled after the desktop Linux graphics stack. Why did they do this? Here's an explanation...
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I can't help but wonder if by the time Mir is stable that Intel Atom with HD graphics will be the "OMG gotta have it" of tablets.
I mean, it's clear at this point the whole Ubuntu project is focused on phone/tablets. And their essentially trying to build as much off Android as possible with different systems and APIs.
So what is it that SurfaceFlinger doesn't provide that Mir will?
Obviously if even Google couldn't force hardware vendors to provide open drivers, using the existing Android interfaces was the only sane choice for rapid release, but Ubuntu's NIH syndrome still disgusts me. I'm happy to see other, properly open, projects drag their heels merging Mir support.
And, correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't nVidia/ATI just talking about implementing OpenGL ES support, rather than Mir support specifically?
I highly suspect whatever EGL driver comes out will support both Wayland and Mir, with minimal changes necessary. And if it doesn't, i highly suspect Mir will change until it does, because those drivers are going to target Wayland first and foremost because they are meant for the enterprise versions that end up in corporations, not tablets or desktops.
Last edited by smitty3268; 04-09-2013 at 01:23 AM.
From the article...
A "super excited!" bit of breathlessness straight out of the Microsoft marketing playbook and a comparison to a biblical parable drawn straight from a collection of iron age fairy tales. Uh, wait, did I just repeat myself?Drivers and hardware support are the foundation of a well performing, amazing computing experience. With Mir and Ubuntu Next, we’re not building our house upon sand, we’re building it upon rock!
Last edited by tacco; 04-09-2013 at 02:36 AM.