taking Unity to the next level

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Mon Mar 4 18:39:36 UTC 2013

On Monday, March 04, 2013 05:46:54 PM Oliver Ries wrote:
> Hi,
> 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
> necessary.
> 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.

Does that mean that after next  April, the X stack and Wayland will no longer 
be maintained by Canonical, so that flavors that are using a standard display 
stack are on their own?

Scott K

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