Unity 8 is the next-generation Unity desktop environment for the popular GNU/Linux operating system, Ubuntu Linux, and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth promised earlier this month that it would be available, installed by default, in the upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release.
Installed by default does not mean enabled by default, as Unity 7 will remain the main desktop environment for Ubuntu 16.10, which should see the light of day later this year, on October 20, 2016. Canonical already uses the Unity 8 user interface with great success on its Ubuntu-powered smartphones and tablets, powered by the Mir display server, another innovation from Canonical. And now that these new technologies are being ported to the Ubuntu desktop, new feature requests are submitted on Launchpad.
The current Mir release is 0.22.1, but a feature request submitted by Emanuele Antonio Faraone at the end of January 2016, for Ubuntu developers to implement full support for the Vulkan libraries in the Mir display server and Ubuntu’s system image, got Canonical’s attention, and it looks like it might just become reality.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht