Mark Shuttleworth and other Canonical employees have in the past talked about 2014 as being when Ubuntu Touch will begin appearing on devices... Now that 2014 is here, the word now is that it will likely not be until 2015 when an Ubuntu Phone is coming out of any major device manufacturers.
Canonical, the legal entity around Ubuntu Linux, is still operating at a loss of millions of dollars each year. Making the rounds on the Internet this morning is Canonical's UK financial report for the 2013 fiscal year.
Canonical developers have started a new week by releasing Mir 0.1.4, to benefit Ubuntu Touch users and those early adopters on the desktop side looking to move early to Mir.
A Canonical developer has introduced a new utility this week called "mirout" for handling display information on Mir.
It looks like the first official Ubuntu Phone may have been outed this weekend just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show this coming week.
A new feature to the Mir display server being developed by Canonical for Ubuntu Linux is the Compositor Report.
While Wayland 1.4 is set to be released next month with many new features and has seen contributors from many different companies, the Mir Display Server for Ubuntu continues to be developed exclusively by Canonical.
Canonical has announced an early Christmas present for Ubuntu Touch fans in the form of support for dual-booting with Android.
A proposal has been submitted for having Microsoft Silverlight plug-in support in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as part of the main archive via the Pipelight project.
Canonical developers tagged the Mir 0.1.3 release before calling it a week.
Many Ubuntu-based distributions are doing their 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" Alpha 1 release today, except for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Alpha 1 itself.
The 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" operating system release will be the first version of Ubuntu Linux shipping SSD TRIM support by default.
The latest developer package uploads into Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" allow for cross-compiling CMake-based projects, e.g. compiling Mir and Unity 8 for ARM from an x86 system.
It is possible to install Valve's SteamOS modified Linux kernel onto an Ubuntu Linux installation, but I would recommend against doing so, at least for now.
The latest open-source project being forked by the Ubuntu developers at Canonical is the GNOME Control Center. In Ubuntu 14.04, there will now be the Unity Control Center.
With the latest Ubuntu Touch image there is now support for running Mir on the Google Nexus 10 tablet.
With Canonical now focusing on making Mir ready for its desktop premiere in Ubuntu 14.10 but already shipping and supporting Mir for Ubuntu Touch, it's time for another Mir display server update. This week's Mir 0.1.2 update carries at least 52 changes.
Last week I shared that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS won't use the Mir display server by default but now we have more details on upcoming Mir Display Server plans for Ubuntu Linux.
Besides the other UDS sessions this week that were already covered on Phoronix, many discussions took place about plans to improve Ubuntu Touch during the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS cycle. Canonical developers feel very hopeful and ambitions for their phone/tablet plans in the next six months.
Ubuntu developers are still working to remove Python 2 packages from the installation media on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
While Ubuntu developers are working to bring Ubuntu Touch Apps to the Ubuntu desktop as part of their mobile convergence strategy, the Ubuntu Touch System Apps have quite a ways to improve in being comparable to the existing Ubuntu desktop applications or the core apps found on iOS and Android.
Discussed this morning during the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit was figuring out the steps needed for bringing Ubuntu Touch mobile applications to the Ubuntu Linux desktop.
Another one of the vUDS sessions worth mentioning this week was on the planned improvements to the UEFI Secure Boot support.
Ubuntu developers are still exploring the possibility of coming up with a stable API/ABI for its apps.
Canonical's Ricardo Salveti de Araujo announced this morning the release of an experimental Ubuntu Touch Emulator. This emulator for the Ubuntu-focused tablet/phone version is complete with the Unity 8 user-interface and is running on the Mir display server.
A virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit is taking place this week. The event was kicked off again by Jono Bacon and Mark Shuttleworth. During the event a few interesting tidbits of information were learned about Ubuntu Touch and Mir.
Mir has reached "a pretty big milestone" according to one of the Canonical developers.
It's been a while since last having any major Mir Display Server news to talk about. The central Mir Bazaar repository for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS developments has been silent lately, but finally a new Mir back was merged back in that provides v0.1.1.
Mark Shuttleworth has apologized on the behalf of his legal team for one of his employees asserting their trademark rights over a web-site that was critical of Ubuntu's privacy within Unity. At the same time he also apologized over his earlier "Open Source Tea Party" comments for anti-Mir users.
While Mir is big onto integrated testing and was designed from the ground-up this way, performance regressions slipping into the code-base doesn't appear to be incredibly uncommon. Just days after Mir receiving an important performance rendering fix, another commit to Canonical's display server sets out to "fix significant performance issues" with the code-base.
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