Intel Pulls Support For Ubuntu’s New Display Server

/ 3 years ago


Intel recently announced that it would be removing driver support for XMir which is Canonical’s new X11 display server that will be added into upcoming releases of Ubuntu. Intel removes this support from the “xf86-video-intel” open source display driver for Intel graphics products.

Intel’s Chris Wilson stated that:

“We do not condone or support Canonical in the course of action they have chosen, and will not carry XMir patches upstream. – The Management”

Canonical’s Michael Hall has stated that Intel is trying to pull Ubuntu’s XMir project down in favour of promoting their own equivalent called “Wayland”.

“This just strikes me as trying to win the race by tripping the competition, not by running faster.  Worse still, they made somebody else do the deed without the decision makers publicly taking responsibility for the decision.” Stated Michael Hall.

Canonical claims it will get around the move by Intel by regularly integrating an XMir Patch into each new release of Intel’s Linux graphics driver.

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  • Wayne

    The name “Wayland” sounds better than “XMir”. It sounds like a skin disease to me. 🙂