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Lots Of Ubuntu Mir Changes Expected Next Week

Ubuntu

Published on 15 August 2013 07:03 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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Ahead of the Ubuntu 13.10 feature freeze, expect Mir multi-monitor support and composition bypass support to land around next week.

Canonical's Community Manager, Jono Bacon, has written a Mir update and for testing its current state of the next-generation Ubuntu display server.

While most Phoronix readers are all up to date on the Mir state and Canonical's latest developments, Jono has a few notes:

- "In 14.04 we will deploy Mir but not provide the X fallback mode, and we are in active discussions with GPU manufacturers for them to support Mir in their drivers." It sounds less likely like NVIDIA and AMD will produce EGL-supported binary blobs compatible with Mir prior to Ubuntu 13.10 but rather ahead of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS next April.

- Multi-monitor Mir support is expected to land in full around next week (22 August).

- Composite bypass support for Mir in order to boost OpenGL (gaming) performance should also land around the 22nd of the month.

- "Mir is naturally still under heavy development, so don’t consider it finished quite yet. ;-) The team will be focusing on bug-fixing and performance optimizations when the primary feature development is completed."

- Mir should land for the daily Ubuntu Touch images in the next week or so.

For those wanting to test out the current Mir packages and report the successes/failures, see this Ubuntu Wiki page.

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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 .
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