Mir Display Server Gets A Demo Shell, New Demos
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 28 April 2013 at 09:40 PM EDT. 19 Comments
Canonical's Mir Display Server now has a simple demo shell as well as a multi-window compositing demo.

In continuing to monitor the public Bazaar development repository for Mir, there isn't too much to report on this week. The only highlights were:

A demo shell for showing off Mir without Canonical's Ubuntu Unity desktop. In quickly scanning through the code, it's a very rudimentary and basic shell.

A very simple demo for multi-window compositing. "This creates three translucent surfaces of different sizes and colours. Which will be handy in developing window management code."

Aside from that, there isn't too much else to report on with Mir development, as far as the public repository is concerned. The Mir back-end for Mesa also remains to be merged and I remain skeptical about the state of the Mir display server on the Ubuntu Linux desktop in time for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release. Mir may work for Unity-Next on mobile devices but that's still a long-shot from being ready to run on the Ubuntu desktop for all devices. The Bazaar-basic Anzwix (still being worked on for public launch) will still keep tracking Mir for any other notable changes.

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