The problem here is that Weston is a reference implementation. Not really meant to be final form since its design was cooked up when Wayland was much more primitive.
So what really would be needed to get everything imaginable out of Wayland, would be to write a compositor from scratch.
The announcement was probably meant to discourage Ubuntu from Mir. Since Gnome refuses to support Mir, then Ubuntu will have to actually contribute back or totally make up their own desktop envirnment. I can't speak for Gnome, but I know KDE is already full speed ahead for Wayland.
The take-away: Canonical stands alone.
It gave such a nice kick in the ass to everyone who was working on Wayland :D, out of complacency and into action.
Thank you Mark et al! If that was your plan all along, that's just pure genius!
Some people call it fragmentation. I call it selection pressure. Competition is always good for motivating people. Good times ahead!
Suddenly, people like Mir. 8)
And they are aiming at spring 2014! Does that mean that if Mir wasn't announced there wouldn't be a usable Wayland display server one year from now? I really do understand why Canonnical couldn't keep on waiting for it to ship.Quote:
The recent Mir announcement makes it a bit more urgent that we put our weight behind Wayland and help it reach its full potential.
Canonical said they'd use Wayland. They decided otherwise but never bothered to tell anyone until way later. We have been assuming they'd do their share of the work needed to use Wayland. Now that Canonical finally made public that they are not going to do their share, we're stepping up.
Mir is speeding up nothing. Canonical should've made their decision known to GNOME, even if just privately. Now we have been doing work, but still thought they'd do most of it.