1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

More Mir Talking Points Come Out Of Canonical

Ubuntu

Published on 11 March 2013 11:29 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
111 Comments

With the start of another week comes another round of information on the Mir Display Server out of Canonical.

Mark Shuttleworth shared on Google+ a post by Christopher Halse Rogers about the Canonical motives for working on Mir. Interestingly, Mark claims, "Contrary to competitor FUD, from people who are not working as openly as they would have you believe, Mir is more likely to enable high-quality graphics for ALL flavours of Ubuntu, and any distro that chooses it. Graphics vendors have been happy to engage and ensure it works well on all architectures."

Mark additionally notes, "Delighted to give the Mir team my full support. It's classy work that will make all *buntu's sleeker, faster and more responsive. A great contribution to your open source options."

Rogers, who in recent years has worked on X.Org packaging for Ubuntu at Canonical, basically summarized the Canonical motives for working on Mir rather than Wayland is that at the time they figured they would need to write an input stack, patch the Mesa EGL platform for server-side buffer allocation, and redo the window manager handling in all of the supported tool-kits.

This is based upon their belief that they would have to likely fork the Weston compositor, at the time the Wayland input code wasn't in a pristine state (since then it's been much-improved thanks to work by Daniel Stone and others), ARM hardware liking server-side buffer allocation (it's supported by Wayland though, just right now Mesa isn't using it), and that they want to minimize possible complexities in the stack.

The Canonical employee ended his Google+ posting with, "Mir is a Wayland-alike; we're piggybacking on a lot of good work done for Wayland. Hopefully we'll contribute back not just an awesome display server in the form of Mir and an awesome desktop environment in the form of Unity, but also low-level improvements that can be used by Wayland compositors. I'm particularly excited about our engagements with NVIDIA and AMD; although it's early days, I'm hopeful we can get a solution for “but what about proprietary drivers?” not just for Mir, but for everyone."

He had another Google+ post this morning with more Mir talk. In short he says that Mir doesn't break anything that works now since non-Unity desktops can still use an X.Org Server, a root-less X.Org Server will be available to run X11 applications on Mir (just like XWayland on Wayland), and that no applications/desktops are yet to be Wayland-specific for causing potential problems with Mir.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel
  2. Intel Pentium G3258 On Linux
  3. SilverStone Precision PS10
  4. ASRock Z97 Extreme6
Latest Linux Articles
  1. KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10
  2. X.Org Server 1.16 Officially Released With Terrific Features
  3. Ubuntu With Linux 3.16 Smashes OS X 10.9.4 On The MacBook Air
  4. Preview: Benchmarking CentOS 7.0 & Scientific Linux 7.0
Latest Linux News
  1. Unigine Develops City Traffic System, A Driving Simulator
  2. Intel 3.0 X.Org Driver Still Baking, New Development Release
  3. Eric Anholt Makes Progress With Broadcom VC4 Graphics Driver
  4. Intel Is Getting Very Close To OpenGL 4.0/4.1/4.2 Mesa Support
  5. Valve Is Still Hiring For SteamOS, Linux Work
  6. Users Warned About Possible Regressions With DRI3
  7. GNOME Shell Gets Wayland HiDPI Fonts, Mutter Gets Touch Gestures
  8. BPTC Texture Compression Comes To Nouveau After Intel's Work
  9. Development Continues For Supporting EXT4 On NVDIMMs
  10. Libinput 0.5 Improves Pointer Acceleration, Adds A Configuration API
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Radeon related kernel bug??
  2. AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver
  3. Next-Gen OpenGL To Be Announced Next Month
  4. Open-Source Radeon Performance Boosted By Linux 3.16
  5. Remote gui not accessible in Phoronix Test Suite 5.2
  6. AMD "Hawaii" Open-Source GPU Acceleration Still Not Working Right
  7. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  8. In Road To Qt, Audacious Switches From GTK3 Back To GTK2