Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical has been working a lot lately at Ubuntu Touch and Mir, a display server created as a replacement for X.org server. While Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr will be using an improved version of Unity 7, Ubuntu Touch already runs on Mir and Unity 8.
Despite the fact that it is its early development stage, Mir is quite usable already, offering good graphics performance.
Daniel D’Andrada has posted this video of Ubuntu Touch running on an Android tablet, demoing Mir’s multitasking capability. In the video, Daniel switches between three apps, all running in the background (and not getting paused), without any big FPS drop.
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.
While there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch yet 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.
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).