Hello Linux Geeksters. For those who don’t know yet, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander has been officially released yesterday. The initial plan was to released it with Mir, Canonical’s display server as a replacement for the good old X.org Server, but they kept X.org on Ubuntu Saucy, from performance and stability reasons. Mir has officially debuted only on Ubuntu Touch 1.0 (also known as Ubuntu Touch 13.10).
For now, Mir has support only for Radeon and Nouveau graphics, which are open source. Canonical intended to use a fallback version of the X.org Server, in order to have support for the proprietary graphics cards, but they did not include Mir as default on Ubuntu Saucy at all.
But will Mir and XMir be ready until the release on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, in order to be used as default?
Canonical aims to release Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity 8, Mir and XMir. If everything goes as planned, Unity 8 will have native Mir support, and XMir should also work with the graphics drivers that are not supported by Mir right now, in order to avoid using a fallback version of X.org.
Will Canonical risk and use Mir as default on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? The developers usually avoid pushing massive changes in Long Term Support releases, in order to provide stability.