After spending two weeks with Mir, you wll wonder why you didn’t employ its use sooner.
Mir runs very smoothly all-Intel Dell XPS laptops. Mir ensures that the speed in which Saucy changes increases and newer versions of Compiz and X land while Mir is still running. As compared to the direct handling of the hardware using X, you would discover that Xorg and Compiz require fewer CPU cycles and also utilize less memory.
This is not uncommon, the Mir team assures. Others have come to the same conclusion. The success of it is attributed to the efficiency in the buffering of requests leading to the hardware. An intended update to the PPA is projected to deal with any glitches that arise in Chromium. This should solve ensure the GPU is in top form.
Programs such as CurfaceFlinger, X and Wayland, provided the perfect specimen for study and for increasing efficiency. This brings about highly effective products that build on the benefits of running a legacy X stack. High quality and effective performance are the basis for valued products and well pleased users.
In Ubuntu, every decision made is thought through very careful. Failure to take needed action is seen to be in league of taking the wrong action. The effect is felt by many and as such the exploration of difficult territories is done carefully. The experience found by making difficult choices formed the bedrock in being useful to vast audiences in the present day.
The building of a graphic stack cannot be done blindly. The technical factors carefully taken into account affect the outcome directly. A graphic stack must work consistently across a vast range of hardware is what is needed. It should be able to perform at its optimal on variant desktop environments, thus enhancing the user experience.
Competition is the fuel that fans the production of quality. And in this Mir can greatly benefit. It does well in providing an API instead of the standard rigid protocols. This is an area worth evolving. The awkwardness brought about by a fixed protocol is eliminated leading to performance efficiency. Ensure you take time to read on the technical rationale that forms the groundwork for a Mir approach for better understanding of its workings, its benefits and its architecture.
Mir is an easy option to provide. It is not bogged down by tentacles and other knock-on properties for app developers. It is a very focused and precise part of the stack. It makes working with community groups easier and very rewarding. Other advantages exist where Mir is concerned. Instead of moving to system D, Mir can be used to easily engage with a distro. Webkit and Qt communities work well together with Mir as the applications are compatible. The results are positive and wastage is minimized as the use of space is reduced. Applications that talk X, including desktop environments perform effectively with Mir. The compositor capabilities available in Mir makes the transactions run smoothly in and out.
Ubuntu is very committed to the effective performance of desktop environments, whether it is directly or under X. the go-ahead button on Mir was only pressed when evidence pointed to the benefits of a graphics stack that is leaner and cleaner. Afterall, the Ubuntu community and any distribution deserve only valuable things. Optimizing the performance for X has taken the forefront to ensure the apps and desktop environment perform well under Mir in 13.10. This, of course, should be done without effecting changes.
Ubuntu is working fast and taking patches from all who need the transition. These include individuals gearing for Mir to support capabilities intended for native and super fast Mir access. Ubuntu PPA offers trial opportunities in 13.10 as the QA and release teams gear up for widespread testing.
Mir promised to deliver and it seems it has done just that. It is lean, clean and effective. Its operations run smoothly and it is compatible with other environments. It is on the winning end. However, the verdict remains with the users. Engaging in trials gives users ample opportunities to decide for themselves based on well researched information and practical usage. Watch out for this and be ready to expand your outlook.
Article based on Mark Shuttleworth’s blog post ‘Two weeks with Mir’. Original article here