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

Features, Performance Work Still To Come To Mir

Ubuntu

Published on 29 August 2013 03:51 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
5 Comments

During the final day of this week's virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, upcoming plans for the Mir Display Server were shared as it pertains to performance optimizations and yet-to-be-implemented features.

Features talked about that still have to come natively to Mir include a:

- VESA/FBDEV back-end for those drivers without EGL and DRM/KMS support. This would be similar to Wayland's FBDEV back-end its Pixman renderer.

- Suspend support so Mir properly can handle suspend-and-resume.

- Remote desktop and hardware accelerated screen capture support. (Wayland's Weston right now has an RDP back-end and interest from RealVNC. There's also hardware-accelerated screen capture using VA-API.)

- Display settings as you would find via various utilities on an X.Org environment through RandR. Similarly, having a driver control panel for Mir.

- Hardware specific features like implementing DRI PRIME rendering offload support under Mir.

- A Mir back-end for SDL for games. (SDL 2.0.1 should have Wayland support while SDL3 is already in planning.)

- Multi-seat support.

- Output scaling support.

- Color management support. (Again, a feature already supported by Wayland.)

- Input methods support. (It's also already been worked on for Wayland.)

- OpenGL vs. OpenGL ES support.

With the feature freeze for Ubuntu 13.10 happening this week, these features to be implemented for Mir are not likely to come until Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or at least as backports to Ubuntu 13.10. The video for this Mir feature session is embedded below.


Embedded below is also a video about Mir's performance and upcoming work there, but it's not particularly exciting for those that stay up to date with Phoronix content -- particularly the Mir composite bypass support that landed this morning.


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. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
  2. Sumo's Omni Gets Reloaded
  3. AMD A10-7800 & A6-7400K APUs Run Great On Linux
  4. Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against AMD's Catalyst Driver
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Intel's Latest Linux Graphics Code Competes Against OS X 10.9
  2. Intel Sandy Bridge Gets A Surprise Boost From Linux 3.17
  3. Open-Source Radeon Graphics Have Some Improvements On Linux 3.17
  4. CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16
Latest Linux News
  1. Steam Now Supports VA-API For In-Home Game Streaming
  2. GNOME 3.14 Beta Released
  3. Mesa 10.3 Branched & RC1 Released, Mesa 10.4 On Master
  4. Intel Sandy Bridge Gains On Linux 3.17 Extend Beyond Graphics
  5. LinuxCon: What's Going On With Fedora.Next
  6. Canonical Joined The Khronos Group To Help Mir/Wayland Drivers
  7. EFL 1.11 Is A Big Milestone For Enlightenment Users
  8. DirectFB Updates GTK3 Support, Working Towards DirectFB 1.8
  9. Userptr Support Set For AMD Radeon GPUs In Linux 3.18
  10. NVIDIA Releases CUDA 6.5 As A Huge Update
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs
  4. OSS radeon driver for A10-7850K (Kaveri)
  5. AMD Offers Mantle For OpenGL-Next, Pushes Mantle To Workstations
  6. ATI CrossFire Does Not Support On This Platform When Enabling (Ubuntu Lucid)
  7. Dead Island for Linux (?)
  8. The dangers of Linux kernel development