Hello Linux Geekstes. As you may know, the Canonical developers are constantly working at improving Mir, their own open-source graphical server, now available by default only on Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of the Ubuntu systems.
Mir 0.2.0 (still under massive development) has been released today, getting prepared for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. Also, the Mir Server library ABI has reached version 0.2.0, getting over 2000 code lines since version 0.1.9.
Canonical’s official plan is to get Mir implemented by default on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but they hope that a usable version of Mir will be ready before the release of Ubuntu 14.10. Also, Ubuntu 14.10 will use Unity 8 as default, which now is used only on Ubuntu Touch, powered by Mir. A demo video of both Unity 8 (Mir) and Unity 7 (X11) running on Ubuntu 14.04 is available.
Mir is an important element for the Ubuntu mobile-desktop convergence and so, the Ubuntu developers are very focused on it, while they already have to maintain Ubuntu 14.04 and develop Ubuntu 14.10 and future Ubuntu Touch images.
The idea of convergence is to create an unique system, capable of running on both a desktop and mobile device. Ubuntu’s convergence has been demoed by Jono Bacon, Ubuntu’s Community Manager, via the Weather App and the Karma Machine.