MIR continues as a graphical server

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The closure of various Ubuntu projects has undoubtedly been the great news of the Gnu / Linux world. But, it seems that not all the abandoned projects have been cut. The MIR graphical server is going ahead and will be present in Ubuntu 17.10, the next stable version of Ubuntu.

Recientemente MIR 1.0 has been released, the first stable version of this graphical server that not only corrects the bugs presented in previous versions but is also more compatible with other graphical servers such as Wayland or X.Org.

Not only has the first version of MIR surprised, but its main novelty has also surprised: the inclusion of communicating with the Wayland graphical server. Eye-catching not only for the technology used but also for communicating with its rival: Wayland.

The Mir graphical server from now on talk or communicate with client computers using Wayland. This communication is not similar to XMir or XWayland, but it is a communication protocol that does not change the platform but rather talks directly to the computer with Wayland.

The new version of MIR will be available in Ubuntu 17.10 and its official flavors, as well as for distributions that are based on Ubuntu 17.10. But it will not be the default graphical server of the distribution, but it will be one more option within the Ubuntu repositories. If we want to test this new version in versions prior to Ubuntu 17.10, we just have to open a terminal and write the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mir-team/staging
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install mir

This will install MIR on our Ubuntu computer, but it must be Ubuntu. Unfortunately, MIR still not working on non-Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based distros. Something that may change for the next version of this graphical server Don't you think so?


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  1.   Gregory ros said

    I'm far from being an expert in graphics or programming, but there is one thing about MIR that I don't like and that is that it is programmed in C ++. It is a magnificent language, undoubtedly, but putting an object language to program at a low level did not seem to me, nor does it seem to me, the right thing to do.