The Story of Ubuntu's Mir Abstraction Layer (MirAL)
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 3 April 2017 at 02:36 PM EDT. 56 Comments
UBUNTU --
More and more recently we have found ourselves talking about Mir's abstraction layer, MirAL. It turns out that this set of interfaces to Mir has advanced from being a hobby project by a Canonical developer to now being a formal project within the organization and more of Unity 8 is making use of MirAL's API/ABI.

Alan Griffiths has been developing MirAL over the past year as a way of providing a more stable API/ABI for window managers / shells supporting Mir as well as other helpers for developers targeting Mir. We've covered it many times like when it recently gained cut-and-paste support. Alan has written a blog post for the Canonical blog post about the story of MirAL.

If you are interested in MirAL -- or more broadly, Mir -- and the evolutions taking place, you can read the blog at insights.ubuntu.com. MirAL will be present in Ubuntu 17.04 and Unity 8 has begun making use of it.
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