Nice! I want one.
Phoronix: Canonical Posts New Unity 8 Mir Compositor Demo Video
Canonical developer Daniel d'Andrada has posted a new video showing off Unity 8 as a Mir compositor...
Nice! I want one.
There are also notes which mention that normally unfocused apps are suspended but for the demo they were disabled.
- I later noticed that I had quite a bit of output going to the terminals, and that takes its toll on the FPS
- In production code we suspend unfocused applications. But for demo purposes I've disabled that in order to emphasize that the animations are dealing with the actual live mir surfaces and not with screenshots of them.
Impressive. It makes me actually consider getting a tablet and installing Ubuntu.
this remember me 3d compositor in wolf 3d style
This demo is fun, but it does not provide any "Whaou" jaw-dropping view of Unity, this is jsut a short note saying "we are progressing".
1 - what is brought different besides Wayland?
2 - what is the user experience differenciator?
For now we only have a buggy unity 7 which renders linux as unstable as windows used to be,
since they are not able to correct this (for instance off-side of the cursor when trying to select a window, unity crashes a lot when using openoffice/libreoffice, ...).
I wonder how they will be able to handle it properly in Unity 8...
On each of them:
- if you want to select a window, for instance to resize it, then if is a pain to be precise enough to have the mouse cursor at the correct position. The mouse is often offset by some pixels
- if you use regularly libreoffice for working, to produce reports, create presentations, then I see a lot of time unity crashing, this is very freaking, especially when time constraints render this crashes unfortunate
- if you start to use a window and move it a little bit, then at some point it will get maximized or will cross the border to the other desktop, and you start to demand where the main window is
- not telling that the update manager does not show on top when you click on it ...
I know that for some parameters this could be "tweaked", but they are annoying on a daily basis.
Note that I'm using Ubuntu on a daily basis, about 14 hours a day, this is my main operating system at work and at home...
If you do not encounter these issues, it is probably because:
1 - you got used using each window in full screen mode, à la windows
2 - you are turning off you computer regularly, so unity is refreshed
3 - you do not use libreoffice for real productivity work
Please do not take this as an offense, this is only my conclusions after discussing these issues with some of the sysadmins here, they also state they do not have as much problem as me, but they do (1) and (3), and also have switched to "Mate" ...
If I find time for this, I will blog on this topic more seriously.
As for Windows etc. Unity has its problems, if you find any fault with it, why use it? If you want to use Ubuntu, there is Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Unbuntu Gnome to choose from, you are not tied to Unity. And can add other DE and switch between them at will.