Ubuntu to ditch X-Windows for Mir.

In a move that should not surprise anyone, Ubuntu is going to be switching from using the X Windows display system, to a new graphics system that would scale from Phone->Tablet->Desktop. This new display server system, called Mir should give them the flexibility the need going forward. It would allow them to use drivers that exist already in the Android graphics stack. For desktop use, I’m not quite sure how it will work out, as they would have to get some of the bigger vendors to agree to write the drivers specifically for Ubuntu. (Nvidia, AMD, Intel) The folks from Redhat are working on a next generation display server called Wayland, but I don’t think it is quite ready for prime time at the moment.  This is getting really interesting. It almost looks like the old Unix wars of the late 80’s and 90’s all over again. That was when there were many different Unix’s, but each one was different enough that software was incompatible. I do know one thing. This will erupt into a nerd rage over the coming days…

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