Mir Now Has Initial Support For Wayland Clients
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 18 September 2017 at 06:15 AM EDT. 9 Comments
UBUNTU --
Quietly being added to the Mir display stack a week ago was initial support for Wayland clients.

Natively supporting Wayland clients within Mir has been a new goal for the remaining Mir developers at Canonical now that the original Mir plans were abandoned when Canonical did away with their grand vision for Unity 8. Mir is still being maintained at Canonical for some IoT use-cases while they hope some open-source projects will still decide to make use of their technology. With now at least having native Wayland client support, they stand some chance of Mir being useful to other groups.

Christopher James Halse Rogers landed the initial support back on 7 September and mentioned it's enough now to run es2gears_wayland On Mir and to provide input support to Wayland clients via Mir.

Mir developers have also incorporated the MirAL abstraction layer into Mir itself.

Mir 1.0 with Wayland support was a goal for Ubuntu 17.10, but while the release is close it has yet to be released and they are past the feature freeze now for the Artful Aardvark. This Launchpad tracker still shows several bugs blocking the release, including fullscreen Wayland clients not working as expected and Wayland clients not working on the miral-desktop. What we also still haven't seen for Mir is the long talked about Vulkan support.

About The Author
Author picture

Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

Related Ubuntu News
Popular News