- Canonical is free to do what they wish, just as any other tech company/community is. I applaud them for trying something a bit different.
- Canonical acted incredibly foolish and arrogant in regard to releasing this news. Their behavior with nearly everything is somewhat disturbing. I hope they took notes to not repeat... any... of that in the future.
- If I were running Canonical, I'm not sure that choosing Mir would be a bad choice. The need for a unified experience could be more efficient with in-house development that cuts out a magnitude of middle-men. On the flip side, I wonder why they didn't fork Wayland to some degree and just use that. That being said, it sounds pretty definitive (based on what I read) that Mir's current status is thanks to years of Wayland development, which makes Mir seem like it was developed significantly faster than what it truly was. Some sources have already called it a fork. LOL?
- I used to love Unity, but the more nonsense lenses they cram into it, the more I lose interest in Unity all together. If me dropping Unity drops Mir, so be it.
- My lack of interest in Unity does not cause me any grief or hatred towards Canonical whatsoever. I still want them to be successful. Meanwhile, I simply use what works best for me. Ubuntu GNOME fits that bill 1000x over again for a long list of reasons.
- As long as there are no obnoxious support or compatibility issues, I won't disown Canonical. The day Mir gets Nvidia/Intel/AMD drivers while the rest of the world gets nothing, you can bet I'll rage something fierce. Candid opinion: If anybody 'deserves' anything in terms of driver support, I'd vote the Wayland crowd hands down.
All of this is quite bitter sweet. I want them to succeed, but only if it doesn't directly demolish chances of further support coming from the notable companies I listed above to Wayland. Maybe I'm just a hippy where I want everybody to win and be successful, but like I said, not at the expense of the entirety of the Linux community outside of Ubuntu.
But again, just my 2c.
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Na your not a "hippy" (or maybe you are.. and I'm in the "hippy" camp aswell).
I think Mir is a solution for "Ubuntu", they said in one post (i'll try and find the interview about it) that Wayland was trying to do "too much" and a lot of what it can achieve isn't needed for what Ubuntu want's (maybe wayland/westons feature set is getting a little like X?). I think all the worry over the driver support at the moment is pretty much a non-issue, Linux has always had a way of "Working with what you have" I can't see either project forgetting something as major as driver support (afaik at the moment both Wayland and Mir are planned to be well supported by the OSS drivers). If they get "official" support within the proprietary drivers I would def prefer to see Wayland get it first, Canonical/Ubuntu has done a lot for Linux in the sense of exposure, but if that exposure is to the detriment of other projects then it becomes a massive issue (I do not think in any way that is either the plan or goal of the projects, I think it just a "worst case scenario" people are thinking about).
Linux is about "choice" and "freedom" these two projects have the ability to offer both.