Mar
06

Mir - next generation display server for Ubuntu

Canonical is developing a next generation display server known as Mir. A system-level component targeted as a replacement for the X window server system to unlock next-generation user experiences for devices ranging from Linux desktop to mobile devices powered by Ubuntu.

As mentioned before, Ubuntu is moving in the direction of the mobile market. The current X Wuindowing system is over 30 years old and does not give the flexibility to developers. Even more recent developments like the introduction of compositors to the X stack does not fully solve the situation and both shell and application development do have to deploy workarounds to overcome issues with the X rendering model. Wayland is out of the picture as well, because it does not meet the evaluation requirements.

So there you have it: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MirSpec