Mir 1.0 Still Planned For Ubuntu 17.10, Wayland Support Focus
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 19 September 2017 at 10:55 AM EDT. 17 Comments
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Following our reporting of Mir picking up initial support for Wayland clients, Mir developer Alan Griffiths at Canonical has further clarified the Wayland client support. It also appears they are still planning to get Mir 1.0 released in time for Ubuntu 17.10.

Here's how Alan describes the initial native Wayland client support built into Mir: "The Wayland support is directly in the Mir server and doesn’t rely on a translator. Mir’s understanding of Wayland is going to start pretty limited (Like my Dutch). At present it understands enough “conversational Wayland” for a client to render content and for the server to composite it as a window. We need to teach it more “verbs” (e.g. to support for the majority of window management requests) but there is a limited range of things that do work."

He wrote in today's brief blog post that once Mir's support for Wayland clients is on-par to the support for native Mir clients, they will likely end up phasing out support for the native Mir clients with focusing on Wayland client support.

He also confirmed they are working still towards Mir 1.0 but that this initial release won't include complete Wayland coverage.

In our forums he also confirmed they are still trying to get Mir 1.0 out the door for next month's Ubuntu 17.10 release. "We've a few bugs left to iron out and need to get a "feature freeze exception" approved, but nothing that is likely to block it."

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