taking Unity to the next level

Oliver Ries oliver.ries at canonical.com
Mon Mar 4 17:46:54 UTC 2013


I wanted to give you a quick heads up regarding Unity in preparation of
this weeks UDS.

The traction that Ubuntu Touch is creating is great and the team is
happy with where this is leading us. However, in order to implement the
vision of converged devices, some changes to our Display Stack are

After thorough research, looking at existing options and weighing in
costs & benefits we have decided to roll our own Display Server, Mir
(rf. http://wiki.ubuntu.com/MirSpec).

None of the existing solutions would allow us to implement our vision
without taking major compromises which would come at the cost of user
experience and quality. We will be running sessions at UDS to discuss
questions and take feedback.

Also, driven by Ubuntu Touch we are starting to move Unity over to a
Qt/QML based implementation, embracing Qt as a community backed
technology for our offerings. We are looking at tackling the transition
from the Nux based implementation to a Qt/QML based implementation
component by component and are striving to do that in a transparent way
for the user. This topic is also up for discussion at UDS and we are
providing a spec at http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UnityNextSpec.

I am providing more context about these topics at
http://www.olli-ries.com/mir-unity-qml-unity-apis-unity .

Please feel free to reach out to us during UDS and later on to discuss
any questions.


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