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Re: Mir Discussion with Jono


While Jono is not the engineering lead for Mir, he said that he does not expect Canonical to invest any time into making GTK work on Mir. He did, however, say that he would bring it up with the engineering team as a concern of ours.

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM, Jo-Erlend Schinstad <joerlend.schinstad@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 10 July 2013 18:27, Daniel Foré <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hey everyone,

So here’s the distilled conversation we had with Jono:

Obviously there are pros and cons. The biggest con is that it is highly unlikely Canonical will put staff hours into make sure stuff like Gtk+ and Clutter work on Mir. This work is essential to elementary as it stands and blocks us from running natively on Mir.


Did Jono explain why this is unlikely, or is that your speculation? Because it sounds contrary to the recent Mir interview. It also seems kind of weird that a desktop distribution would want to make such an enormous amount of applications second class citizens in this way.

It seems unlikely that they'll add GTK+ as a language for Ubuntu SDK anytime soon, but that's a completely different thing and wouldn't affect Elementary in any case. I would certainly expect Canonical to add a GTK+ backend for Mir. Otherwise, they'll have close to no hope of making Mir a successful display server. More information about this would be very interesting read.
Jo-Erlend Schinstad