SDL2's Mir Backend Sees Some Updates
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 22 September 2016 at 06:58 AM EDT. 4 Comments
UBUNTU --
Yesterday saw some infrequent updates to the SDL2 library's Mir back-end for Ubuntu users.

The Mir SDL2 code has switched to using the new MirDisplayConfig API, which should be better for display configuration while now depends upon Mir 0.25 or newer.

The Mir SDL2 code also now has gamma set/get support, but the set support still isn't complete yet.

The Mir support is still slowly coming together across various projects for bettering this Ubuntu display server stack, while still being out-of-tree in cases like Qt with QtMir, the Mir changes to Mesa not being mainline, the XMir DDX is still not part of mainline xorg-server, etc. At this week's XDC2016 conference, Canonical only has one employee (Timo Aaltonen) so it appears they are in no rush to try to better the relationship with X.Org/Mesa developers. At least there's the mainline Mir support in SDL2 and GTK...

Any bets if we'll see Unity 8 / Mir out-of-the-box on the Ubuntu desktop in 2017? Do you still have any hope they'll decide instead to switch to Wayland? Share your predictions by commenting on this article in our forums.
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