menu Friday and plays with Ubuntu 13.10 as a main dish. One that takes cooking all week from various ingredients and culminated yesterday with the release of Ubuntu 13.10 Alpha 1 and part of the family, including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Chinese flavor, Ubuntu Kylin. So, take the opportunity to summarize the latest developments so that the food is as digestible as possible.
The first thing is the sauce, and that comes from the hand of Mir, the graphical server that Canonical prepares to replace SurfaceFlinger, Android devices, and the venerable X on the desktop to the detriment of Wayland, which will be supported by the rest of the GNU / Linux. This has been a unilateral decision by Canonical order to control the development and user experience that has generated a welter of opinion and many friction between the community of Ubuntu.
As you know, the news is that Ubuntu 13.10 will Mir as default graphical server , leaving X as a parachute in case you have problems with Intel Free controllers, NVIDIA (Nouveau) and ATI / AMD (Radeon), which are the only ones currently support. Although it will not really My, but XMir , an implementation of the X on Mir .
In a last minute update reported that the next LTS will also work on XMir, which will be maintained by Canonical five years of rigor, but discarding the X. This means that Ubuntu 14.04 will come with Unity 7 , since Unity 8 is focused entirely on Mir bareback. In other words, experiments with the jewel in the crown, few. Will Ubuntu 14.10 which debuts graphic Mir as a single server, and then expected to have support proprietary drivers.
And what about the rest of the family? Yesterday Communitu Manager Jono Bacon, Canonical, released a video in which you can see the different desktops running on XMir :
Curious, but one day before Jonathan Ridell, leading developer of Kubuntu, jumped on his blog with a very terse warning: Kubuntu is not going to change or XMir Mir. After rejecting the way “to Apple or Andoird” you are taking Canonical, Kubuntu Ridell says will continue to work with the community and keep as the X graphical server to Kubuntu 14.04 LTS . Later, the target is Wayland. “Like all other distros,” he adds.
“What is not known is what happens when a user of Ubuntu desktop install Kubuntu (KDE) or vice versa,” says Ridell. That, among other technical details, is that there is little agreement among developers of both “sides” on how well you can run KDE on Mir or problem that could generate.
Yesterday came the first alpha release of Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.10 and when we say family, we mean , since stopped releasing Ubuntu for previous versions of builds daily , (or to avoid bad press during development, some would say). Anyway, is a development version so early that there is nothing to discuss.