Vulkan could soon arrive on Ubuntu Linux Mir Display Server

As you all know, unity 8 will be the graphical environment that will be used in Ubuntu in the future. Months ago we all expected it to be the default graphical environment for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but it didn’t even become available as an option. Yes it will be in Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, but as an option, that is, the default graphical environment will remain Unity 7 but we can enter Unity 8 from the login options.

Canonical already uses Unity 8 on phones and tablets that use Ubuntu Touch, powered by Mir screen server, Another Canonical innovation. Now that these technologies are being ported to Ubuntu Desktop, new features are being delivered to the Launchpad.

Full support for Vulkan in Mir 0.24

The current version of Mir is v0.22.1, however a request performed by Emanuele Antonio Faraone in late January caught the attention of Canonical. Faraone asked Ubuntu developers to implement full support for Ubuntu libraries Vulcan on the Mir display server and the Ubuntu system image, and it looks like your wishes will come true.

The initial Vulkan (TABLE) integration was done a few weeks ago, but it uses some private headers. There were a few new Mir interfaces that had yet to be released. Once published in the developer trunk, the time will come for them to come out in an official release (0.24).

Right now, Canonical is aiming for the full implementation of the Vulkan API to arrive in the version Mir 0.24, Which is now the focus of development, but there is still work to be done to make Vulkan work as expected in Mir. Reading this information, I can’t help but think of the moment when Unity 8 runs flawlessly on Ubuntu Desktop. If it does, in October I will consider reusing the standard version of Ubuntu.


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