Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical is constantly updating Unity 8 and Mir, which are now used only on Ubuntu Touch, but starting with Ubuntu 14.10, a special Unity 8 and Mir flavor will be released.
The latest update comes with a bunch of updates for QtComp, the locking greeter has been enhanced, both the scope customization ability and the overview integration with the backend have been improved and bug-fixes have been implemented, among other improvements brought to Unity 8.
Also, Mir has received bug-fixes and improvements, the developers still workingat making flipping perform well with the qxl driver.
For now, only the open source graphics drivers have support for Mir, but Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical is working with both NVIDIA and AMD to create GPU drivers to work over Mir.
While the plan is to use Mir as default only on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn will be most likely released in two Unity-flavors, one using Unity 7 running over X.org and one using Unity 8 and Mir.
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, now based on Ubuntu 14.10, being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet. (Nexus 5 is not yet support by Ubuntu Touch.) The first Ubuntu Touch powered phones are scheduled to be released this year, in Europe by BQ and on the Chinese market by Meizu, one Asia’s leading smartphone manufacturers.
Due to the fact that Ubuntu Touch is not yet stable enough to be used on mobile devices, the Canonical developers are planning to release a RTM (release-to-manufacturer) branch, where they will be focused on bug-fixes and stability improvements, and not the implementation of new features.
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).