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Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Switching To Mir Display Server By Default

The Ubuntu developers have announced today that they plan to deliver Mir display server by default in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander with XMir, an implementation of X running or Mir.Unity 8 (also known as Unity Next) on the other hand, won’t be available by default and instead, Saucy Salamander will use Unity 7, the codebase which is already in the Saucy development.The announcement notes that XMir will only be used for open source graphics drivers (Intel, Nouveau and Radeon). Proprietary graphics drivers (Nvidia, ATI) don’t support Mir yet and the computers that use such drivers will fallback to the regular X server. In the future, Mir should get support for proprietary drivers so this fallback should be removed for Ubuntu 14.04.Below you can watch a video demoing Unity 7, GNOME 3, KDE, Xfce and LXDE running on XMir:(direct video link)Today’s announcement only targets Ubuntu Desktop – the main Ubuntu flavor.  There are no news about the other Ubuntu flavors, except Kubuntu, which won’t switch to Mir.Check out the full announcement HERE.image via Thomas Voß
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