Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may already know, Canonical has been working at lot at Mir, their own display server, which is intended to be an alternative to the good old X.org server. Initially the Ubuntu developers planed to use it as default on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, but the idea was postponed due to some performance reasons.
Canonical has assigned a special team for the development of Mir and they have made huge progresses lately. While Mir has been specially optimized to work on the Google Nexus 4 device, the latest updates of Mir has been patched to work also on the Nexus 10 tablet.
Mir has been updated yet again, coming with a Compositor Report that may be helpful for everybody that wants to test Mir’s performance, including composition frame-rate, frate time, and pause/resume.
The initial plan was to integrate Mir and Unity 8 in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, but for performance reasons, the idea has been postponed. Mark Shuttlerworth’s big dream is to reach a full mobile-desktop convergence, in order to enable the users to connect a screen and a keyboard to their Ubuntu-based smartphone and get all the features of a computer.
To my mind, Canonical wants to get the first step in the convergence process, with the arrival of Ubuntu 14.10. They already intend to port some Ubuntu Touch apps for the Ubuntu desktop and include them in Ubuntu 14.10.