Unity 8, Mir Made Progress This Week On Features
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 24 May 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT. 3 Comments
Canonical's Kevin Gunn shared a status update for the advancements made by their team this week on the Mir Display Server and next-generation Unity 8 interface.

Some key takeaways from the weekly status update concerning Mir and Unity 8 were:

- Unity 8 began running on Mir.

- Window management functionality was broken out into a separate layer from the Unity 8 shell. This window manager will become its own, new project.

- Multi-client testing under Mir has begun and some issues were discovered.

- Some Mir composition code was refactored and will ultimately work on delivering support for composition bypass.

- A Qt-based LightDM mock-up was written for testing and demo purposes in conjunction with Unity 8.

- Next week will feature more work on Unity 8 + Mir window management support. Coming in the next week will also be more Unity 8 user-interface work.
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