Installing and testing Ubuntu’s Mir server

This past week my curiosity was piqued and I gave Ubuntu’s new X Server a spin. I assumed, given the infancy of the software, that it would be a train-wreck of an experience. Believe it or not, I was happily surprised at the maturity and stability of the software.

Does that mean it’s ready for public consumption? Oh no. And it came to a rather huge surprise that Canonical announced Ubuntu 13.10 would default to this X Server. The original plan was to continue to leave Xorg as the default and allowing Mir as an experimental option. Mir would then ship as the default in 14.04. With the change of heart, I decided it was time to give Mir a try to see if there was a clear reason why Canonical made the change (because the uniformity of code and all).