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Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir 88

First time accepted submitter slack_justyb writes "Matthew Garrett, former employee of Red Hat, comments on the current state of XMir and Canonical's recent decision to not ship XMir as the default display server in Ubuntu 13.10. Noting the current issues outstanding in XMir, the features yet to be implemented, the security loopholes, and Intel's recent rejection to support Mir in general. All of this leading Garrett to the conclusion that 'It's clear that XMir has turned into a larger project than Canonical had originally anticipated, but that's hardly surprising.'"
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Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

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  • Re:XMir is dead. (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, 2013 @11:10AM (#45025303)

    But when you consider the entire Linux "market": desktops, servers,embedded - and every other use that's not visible, Ubuntu may not be as popular as it looks.

    Who runs an Ubuntu web server? Or router?

    But yes, stats would settle any conjecture.

  • the woes of XMir (Score:4, Informative)

    by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @11:55AM (#45025769)

    It's still missing features

    XMir doesn't support colour profiles. XRandR properties aren't exposed, so there's no way to control TV output encoding or overscan. There's still no hardware cursor support. Switching to XMir now would reduce functionality without providing any user-visible gain.

    no hardware cursor support? talk about a dealbreaker!

  • by mjg59 ( 864833 ) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @12:43PM (#45026327) Homepage

    I stopped working on Ubuntu because decisions were increasingly being made internally rather than anywhere that volunteer contributors could influence them. The "Click here to instantly break your mouse" thing was just the final straw. There's a component to the story that involves beer and a hilarious reply vs. reply all error on an iPhone, but I don't remember it being about anyone siding with Scott - there's a picture somewhere of me deactivating my Ubuntu membership a few minutes after sending [] , which hardly gave them time to.

UNIX is many things to many people, but it's never been everything to anybody.