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  • Mir Had A Wild Year From Nearly Being Killed Alongside Unity 8 To Growing With Wayland

    Phoronix: Mir Had A Wild Year From Nearly Being Killed Alongside Unity 8 To Growing With Wayland

    It was a heck of a year for Ubuntu's Mir display server from it starting off as the display server to the now-abandoned Unity 8 desktop and it surviving Canonical's cancelling of the Unity/convergence projects to now not only being fitted for IoT use-cases but gaining Wayland support with hopes some will use it as a Wayland compositor. This also went from Mir 1.0 nearly being released and back to the drawing board to Canonical now hiring more Mir developers and adding Mir to other Linux distributions: what a wild ride 2017 has been for this controversial project...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...=Mir-Wild-2017

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    So in other words what did we learn?

    The community thinks Canonical's projects are a worthwhile cause but not strictly under their supervision or to suit their agenda.

    Unity developed independent of Canonical sounds like it could be a very cool thing.

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    • #3
      time to canonical give up from the disaster called Gnome and back to unity 7 until unity 8 desktop is ready

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ElectricPrism View Post
        So in other words what did we learn?
        That Mir should be a Wayland compositor. Took them what, 5 years to get the memo?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
          That Mir should be a Wayland compositor. Took them what, 5 years to get the memo?
          They tried a thing, it didn't work and its shambling corpse will live on - so be it. Hopefully they have learnt the main lesson here about interaction with the open source community

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          • #6
            They should rename it to drop the perception baggage from the original Mir design.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DanL View Post
              They should rename it to drop the perception baggage from the original Mir design.
              That would be intelligent and wise socially.

              Call it "Mirror" lol

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              • #8
                Originally posted by boxie View Post
                They tried a thing, it didn't work and its shambling corpse will live on - so be it. Hopefully they have learnt the main lesson here about strategic product architectural decisions
                fixed.

                Really, here the main issue is that they went the full NIH route without the $$$ support to actually pull it off alone. Which is a management issue.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DanL View Post
                  They should rename it to drop the perception baggage from the original Mir design.
                  Afaik there isn't much "perception baggage" to speak of, and changing names is a soooo Corporate (tm) tactic...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
                    Afaik there isn't much "perception baggage" to speak of
                    There's certainly a lot of negativity here on Phoronix. How much that relates to more sane environments is debatable.

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