XMir now available for Ubuntu 13.10 ‘Saucy Salamander’

XMir, display server developed by Canonical for Linux is now available for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy salamander. XMir will be the default display server for the Ubuntu 13.10, however X server will be provided as fallback session.

To install the XMir on Ubuntu 13.10 ‘Saucy Salamander’ run following commands.

sudo apt-get install unity-system-compositor
sudo reboot

Currently enabled featuers of the XMir display server, as explained by Kevin Gunn on ubuntu-devel, are:

  • Support for xserver-xorg-video-intel
  • Support for xserver-xorg-video-ati
  • Support for xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
  • Intel sna enabled
  • Unity 7 operation fully functional with no visible corruption
  • Important application operation functioning with no visible corruption (Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, etc)
  • Good performance (without bypass), approximate 10% addition of overhead,
  • in most cases normal operation results in 60fps
  • Fallback to stand alone X (for proprietary drivers)
  • Multi-monitor mirror mode works, but screen resolution changes not well handled
  • VT switching working
  • removed hardware cursor

However there are some bugs and features on which XMir development team is working, you can have a look at them here.

About Bhushan Shah

I am student of Information Technology from India. Currently I am doing KDE development under Season Of KDE program. I am proud Linux user and FOSS enthusiast.

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