Unity 8 And Mir Got Updated Yet Again, Receiving New Features And Bug-Fixes

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical has been working a lot at both Mir and Unity 8. While Unity 8 will be most likely used by default on Ubuntu 14.10, Mir will be officially adopted on Ubuntu 16.04, but it will be already usable starting with Ubuntu 14.10.

Unity 8 And Mir Got Updated Yet Again, Receiving New Features And Bug-Fixes

But Canonical updates both Unity and Mir regularly.

Unity 8 got new scopes, a new icon theme called Suru (like the default wallpaper), the support for Qt 5.2.1 has been finally implemented and the Notifications and the Greeter got enhancements.

Also, Mir 0.1.7 comes with important bug-fixes, support for screencasting, a shell authorization feature has been added, while the cursor support for Unity 8 and the compositor/gl renderer split interfaces are under work.

For more information about the new features and fixes implemented in Unity 8 and Mir, see the mailing lists.

Also worth mentioning, both the new bootsplash running over Mir and Mir’s multitasking capabilities have been recently demoed.

The story so far:

Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu. While the initial plan was to make it available for all the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, the developers have dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet.

Until now, there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch available, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth hopes that by the time the first Ubuntu Touch powered phones hit the market, the top 50 Android/iOS apps will be available for Ubuntu Touch.

While Canonical is working its own email client for Ubuntu Touch (based on Trojita), a Telegram client specially optimized for Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 is on the way, so the Ubuntu Touch app ecosystem is still growing.

Also worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015).

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