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Xfce, LXDE, GNOME3 Desktops Running On Ubuntu Mir Via XMir 162

An anonymous reader writes "Through the use of XMir, a translation layer for running legacy X11 applications atop Ubuntu's forthcoming Mir display server, the GNOME Shell, Xfce, and LXDE desktops now run on this X.Org Server alternative. With XMir, the traditional window managers are still running while Mir treats these desktops as a single window."
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Xfce, LXDE, GNOME3 Desktops Running On Ubuntu Mir Via XMir

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  • Multiple Displays? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by LifesABeach ( 234436 ) on Monday June 24, 2013 @08:11PM (#44097131) Homepage
    Finally USB Display functioning?
  • by Rob_Bryerton ( 606093 ) on Monday June 24, 2013 @09:19PM (#44097439) Homepage
    Looking at his UID, his account was registered around 1999-2000'ish... of course he could've inherited it from his dad!

    I will now get off of your lawn ;)
  • Re:Hello (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Monday June 24, 2013 @10:20PM (#44097673)

    The lower the level, the worse fragmentation is. Who cares how many text editors are out there, for instance? It doesn't matter, because you can use any of them that you please.

    But lower down the chain, fragmentation becomes more of a problem, because things higher up the stack rely on standardization below them to work.

    How many Linux kernels are there, for instance? Only one. (There's some different versions, but they're all compatible with each other as far as running application code.) (There's also *BSD and HURD, but those aren't used nearly as much, and at least one of the BSDs actually has a Linux compatibility layer to run binary Linux applications.) Until recently, there was only one display server, X; so graphical applications and toolkits only had to work with that. Then along came Wayland, which promised to fix a lot of problems with X; this wasn't so bad: most of us knew that X was long in the tooth and a replacement had to come sooner or later, so having everyone transition from the old to the new was a doable thing. But now, stupid Canonical had to decide to fragment things with Mir, which does mostly the same thing as Wayland but in an incompatible manner, so who knows what's going to happen.

    Anyway, back to your other complaints: different libraries aren't a problem. Using one library doesn't interfere with using another; applications just use whatever libraries they're linked against. System utils doing the same things isn't a problem: use the one you like, the others aren't going to keep you from doing that. Different HTTP servers is a good thing: use the one you like. Choice is a good thing, not a bad thing, as long as things are compatible. Graphical toolkits are a little lower on the stack, so that is a bit of a pain having more than one, so it's a balance between choice and standardization. Having two main ones doesn't seem so bad; 6 or 7 of them would be more of a problem. (There's more than 2 graphical toolkits, but only 2 of them are really in widespread use in Linux-land.) DEs are higher up the stack than toolkits; use the one you like. There's nothing preventing you from using KDE apps in GNOME, and vice-versa. However, DEs are lower than regular apps, usually have a lot of stuff integrated, and are the "face" seen by users, so it would be nice if Linux had its act together better in that regard. Of course, when a DE is tied directly to an incompatible display server, that really fragments things.

    BTW, last I heard there were at least 3 or 4 different graphical toolkits for Windows (Win32, MFC, .NET), and those are all from the same company.

Someday somebody has got to decide whether the typewriter is the machine, or the person who operates it.