Mir and XMir installed and video-demoed on Ubuntu 13.10 with at least impressive performance

Hours ago, the developers announced the upcoming default arrival of Mir and XMir in Ubuntu 13.10, display server and its compatibility layer (allowing X-dependent apps to run inside the Mir-powered Ubuntu) that are to be paired with Unity 7 as the default desktop experience in Ubuntu 13.10.

While there are still various refinements to be added to Mir and XMir (to-be-added improvements currently being worked by the developers), Mir and XMir can be now tested and installed in Ubuntu 13.10.

Ubuntu's Olli Ries has put together a simplistic step-by-step guide on how to install and run Mir and XMir in Ubuntu 13.10, guide utilizing packages available in the official Mir PPA.

Judging by the installed packages (after adding the PPA), it seems that both Mir and XMir have reached a solid stage (work in progress), being capable of powering a serious Ubuntu experience.

Adding the PPA, installs libmirserver, libmirclient, unity-system-compositor, as well as xserver-xorg-core+xmir1-0, xserver-common+xmir1-0, libgl1-mesa-glx+mir, etc, essentially, relevant packages updated with Mir and XMir components.

The result, as seen in the below clip, is at least impressive, the user is able to run any app, including playing several high-definition clips simultaneously, browsing high-resolution highly-detailed images, searching through the Dash, maximizing and semi-maximizing windows, etc, basically, all functionalities that are now present in Ubuntu 13.04.

At the moment, the user-visible distinctions between Ubuntu 13.04 and the Mir/XMir-powered Ubuntu 13.10 are:

  • there are two mouse pointers on the desktop, the regular white-ish pointer and a big-sized dark pointer (not visible in the video-demo)
  • various apps retain their old menus on the toolbar
  • some apps combine both Ambiance and Radiance elements (a mixture of dark and light visual elements)

At a first glance, there is zero speed difference between the two Ubuntu versions, as seen in the above clip the Mir/XMir tandem is more than capable of delivering a no-compromise experience.

The video demo has been recorded with Kazam and presents the full desktop (without special tweaks, virtual machines, specific apps, etc), the video is not edited.