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Last week, the Ubuntu community announced the release of Mir 1.0.0, a fast, open and secure display server. The important highlights of this release are support for the Wayland xdg-shell (stable) extension and improved facilities for customizing display layouts.

Mir is a system-level component that can be used to unlock next-generation user experiences. It runs on a range of Linux powered devices including traditional desktops, IoT and embedded products.

Highlights in Mir 1.0.0

Wayland extension protocols

At present, there are many Wayland “extension protocols” to provide specialized support for specific needs. Mir will continue to implement those protocols that are important for the projects that it supports. With the Mir 1.0.0 release, the list of supported extension protocols is:

protocol name=“wayland”

protocol name=“xdg_shell_unstable_v6”

protocol name=“xdg_shell”

These are sufficient for the vast majority of desktop and IoT applications.

Display layout

Mir has a new .display configuration file that tells it how to organize multiple outputs. This is described in

As Mir is designed to handle a wide range of platforms, Mir can be used to create a Wayland based “Desktop Environment” or “Shell”. A couple of examples that use Mir are:

Developers using Mir will find it packaged and available on Ubuntu, Fedora and Arch; and soon on Debian. The latest Mir release is available for all supported Ubuntu series from the Mir team’s ‘Release PPA’.

To know more about Mir 1.0.0 in detail, visit Ubuntu community blog.

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