Intel Pulls Mir Support From Their Xorg Driver
A commit on the Intel Xorg driver branch yesterday showed a very damning comment from “Intel Management” informing the world that Mir will no longer be supported by them.
The commit came yesterday morning with the following message within the news section:
We do not condone or support Canonical in the course of action they haveÂ chosen, and will not carry XMir patches upstream.Â -The Management
Bad news for Canonical
The turn around comes after a commit that was implemented by Canonical’s Christopher Halse Rogers a few days ago was later reverted. The comment above is vague to say the very least, and one has to wonder why Intel decided to change their minds like this. Canonical’s Jono Bacon had this to say on Google+:
This is very disappointing from Intel. Good contributions to Open Source projects deserve fair and reasonable feedback, particularly when accepted as a technically worthwhile contribution and then reverted just a few days later. Given that “the management” ordered this, I presume the revert is due to either strategic or political reasons as opposed to technical.
Whilst I agree with Jono to some degree, I can see the other side of the coin.Â Mark Shuttleworth did commit to supporting Wayland only to do an about-turn a couple of years later. So in my personal opinion, although this is disappointing for Cannonical and Ubuntu users, Mir was a decision that was taken by Canonical, so unfortunately they will have to live with consequences of their actions.
What Does This Mean For Me, An Ubuntu User?
It’s too soon to tell at the moment, but I would assume that Ubuntu will simply need to take on the work that Intel were going to do and patch the Intel Xorg driver themselves. This means more work for the Ubuntu development team, but some would say that they’ve made their bed, so now they should lie in it.
Intel do already have a vested interest in Wayland, and have a couple of full time developers working on the project I believe. So some could say that this is a strategic move by Intel. But you have to ask the question, why the hell did Canonical decide to start the Mir project in the first place? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to commit upstream to Wayland instead?
What do you guys think? Do Canonical deserve this, is this the first nail in the coffin for Mir, or will Canonical simply roll with the punches, knuckle down and get on with it? Feel free to tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.