Unity 8 and Mir are Canonical’s future generation desktop environment and display server, currently used on Ubuntu Touch (the mobile version of Ubuntu) and Ubuntu Desktop Next (an Ubuntu flavor created for testing Canonical’s latest technology: Mir, Unity, Snappy packages, etc).
Michael Zanetti has recently announced that Unity 8 has been updated, receiving the following new features and changes:
- We’ve finally managed to land full shell rotation.
- After we’ve been halting our landing queue for a bit in order to keep the road clear for shell rotation, we’ve started to work through the queue of approved branches. It contains a variety of bug fixes and test improvements.
- There has been continued work on the inline scope media playback, mainly a cooperation with the Media Hub people to get the bits and pieces playing together nicely.
- Continued work on bringing Launcher’s feature set up to par with unity7. The wiggling alert notification branches are up for review now.
- The new Alt+tab implementation has now enough features to give it a first go out in the wild. While it certainly is not feature complete, work has begun to get the current state merged into the code base and start collecting wider feedback.
- A lot of work happened to bring session management closer to the requirements on a Desktop system. Still to be reviewed.
- Work on features to allow applications to gracefully exit when closing them, instead of just killing them.
So, if you want to install and test Unity 8 and Mir, do the following.
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:unity8-desktop-session-team/unity8-preview-lxc
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install unity8-lxc
$ sudo unity8-lxc-setup