The issue is that a lot of Linux users do so using Ubuntu or an Ubuntu based distribution. But what many fail to realize is that Canonical aren't interested in the desktop alone anymore, perhaps not at all.
So while people flap on about MIR it really isn't a big deal. Choose whatever distribution suits you best, be that an X server , Weyand or MIR environment.
People are just worried that this will cause a split and some things wont work and vise versa due to display incompatibilities but in reality Canonical have just about put the stall out and are going solo into the phone / tablet and TV arena so they want their own thing..
Move on to wayland on a non Ubuntu OS and forget about it.
And to the person who Said there is no Good reason for MIR ? total rubbish there are lots of decent reasons a company
would want their own Display server. As much as I love Linux it has happened so many times in the past that an update has broken something and its usually a Mesa / X update !
Can you imagine in the future 20 million Ubuntu phone users being at the mercy of some incompatible MESA + Wayland / Xwayland / patch from a half awake dev that breaks core functionality and bricks the device? totally unacceptable, even though this breakage has become less common now due to groups working together on patches and updates it can still happen. Im still bemused as to how Valve are going to handle the situation because open source gets tinkered with daily and Linux is designed to be pushed all the time and changed, id imagine it will end up that valve will be on Kernals years out of date as well as display server mile stones that Nvidia and AMD agree upon until they test and test and test the latest just incase of breakage.. in many ways a SteamOS could end up being an XP of linux. Looking at their old Steam Client now and the slow progress of big picture gives evidence towards that, they wont risk breaking the entire environment just for the sake of change.
And here it comes down to it. Canoical like Valve, AMD and Nvidia are a company and big money is at stake. Linux is free, fun and open to the brightest of coders but that responsibility needs once it becomes corporate to be managed like closed source or at least a half way house.. sad but true.
Valve isnt really good for Linux just a convenience and neither is Nvidia with its closed source approach. Even AMD sacked its entire linux team two years ago and now its trendy again there back on board. But the sad fact of life is if you want hardware vendors to play ball you cannot risk their profit margins by the potential risk to break the end user experiences because they don't need the flak, canonical realize this and thats why the MIR concept is also anti-open source
but is a tasty biscuit for corporations..
Until you make opensource, Kickstarter type GPU's you cant have it both ways.
So the sad butt hurt truth is Canoical is doing this to make their company more attractive and offer what is hopefully a more stable platform (even if its 10% slower) for the big corporations to trust in.
They are entitled to do it and furthermore its actually fueling Wayland development as its competition just to rub Canonicals face in it Edited by Pip Boy - 10/25/13 at 6:42am