The Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) for Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric
Oncelot" took place last week in Budapest, Hungary. A lot of meetings and
development discussions took place. There were a lot of Phoronix news posts that
I had wrote from Budapest, so if you happened to miss out on some of them, here's
a summary of them.
SystemD In Ubuntu Soon - SystemD will not replace Upstart in Ubuntu Linux
in the near future. No boot transition will occur until at least Ubuntu 12.10.
Expect From Unity 2D - Canonical has a lot of plans for the 2D-only Unity
desktop release in the next release. The 2D version will be used when no 3D acceleration
support is available.
Qt 5 Is
Coming Next Year - Nokia announced they intend to do a major Qt 5 release
in the 2012 calendar year. It will not be as big of a transition as from Qt 3
to Qt 4, but it should be quite an interesting release. KDE 5 may also come (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTQyOQ).
& X.Org For Ubuntu - Future plans for the Wayland Display Server and X.Org
In Ubuntu. Wayland is not making its big debut until at least Ubuntu 12.10. Ubuntu
11.10 will get updated Mesa (7.11) and X.Org DDX drivers, but the xorg-server
won't be upgraded as they are concerned about breaking proprietary drivers. The
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release will also not have any invasive X.Org work due to it
being a long-term support release.
Lots Of Embedded Talk - OpenGL
ES support for QEMU, Linaro
memory management APIs, and OpenGL
ES 2.0 support for Compiz / KWin / Cairo.
support for Ubuntu Update Manager - It is coming although EXT4 is still the
default Ubuntu file-system.
As Ubuntu's E-Mail Client - Mozilla Thunderbird may finally lay to rest GNOME's
Evolution as the default e-mail client. There are a few concerns though in terms
of lacking Microsoft Exchange support, etc.
Software Center Improvements - Ubuntu Software Center will be more like Valve's
Steam platform, will be faster in future releases, and boast user-interface enhancements.
Around Wayland - The experimental Wayland package will be updated for Ubuntu
11.10 and be moved into the Ubuntu main repository.
Gallium3D By Default - Ubuntu may finally enable the Nouveau Galliu3D driver
by default in Ubuntu 11.10. The LLVMpipe driver may also be enabled as the default
software fallback method rather than the classic Mesa software rasterizer.
Will Be The Display Manager - LightDM is kicking out GDM (the GNOME Display
Manager), KDM, etc as taking care of the log-in screen.
Most of the sessions I was at while in Budapest pertained to the
Linux graphics stack (X / Wayland) and Ubuntu hardware testing / QA / certification.
I have not written anything about the latter on Phoronix since that is more of
Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org dealings, but will probably have a
few words about that in a few days. Some other interesting non-Ubuntu news from
using more PowerVR in their next-gen Atom. I am hearing more rumblings as
well since that point about "freeing embedded graphics."
lands X.Org Ivy Bridge support.
releases a Linux OpenCL SDK.
is buying out Skype.
hiring more open-source graphics driver developers.