Video Demo of Unity 8 on Mir

Recently the Mir and Unity Next teams got Unity 8 up and running on Mir. Now, this work is still very early in development and neither Mir nor Unity Next are finished yet, but I reached out to Michael Zanetti, who is on the team, and asked him to put together a short video demo to show the progress of this work. This demo shows the phone/tablet part of the Unity 8 codebase; the final desktop version will come later.

Here is is:

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As you can see, impressive progress is being made; this demo is running on a MacBook Pro Retina utilizing the full resolution of 2880×1800 pixels and using Intel HD 4400 graphics. The performance is already looking great, and the team haven’t done a deep dive into performance optimization yet.

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  • Ricardo Consolo

    Looks promissing. Nice job (and KDE T-shirt)!

  • Martin Weißhaupt

    This looks definately very smooth but will the interface get closer to the current version or will we have to deal with the phone/tablet interface on the desktop?

    I know it’s an early version but this question is bugging me 😉

  • Anonymous

    This will not be the final desktop – this is the phone/tablet UI running. The desktop interface will look more like our current desktop when it is complete.

  • CSRedRat

    Wow! Great work!

  • Cynic

    Is that just a fullscreen qml canvas or is there some “windowing”/compositing done by Mir?

  • Martin Weißhaupt

    Alright, thx. Looking forward to it.

  • James

    I don’t think I’ve been this excited about Ubuntu in a long time. Nice work! Can’t wait to see the desktop get implemented. I will be testing as soon as this becomes available.

  • Eric Swanson

    Good, you had me really worried that I was going to have to start developing on my phone :)

  • xpress razor

    There is going to be a legitimate concern about how much desktop like unity-next is going to be rather than a mobile UI.

    However this demo was about mir, because we already had demo of unity-next for some time now.

    Even on one of the discussions about mir on ubuntu-on-air, lots of people were asking about “What is going to happen to my wobbly window, since we are getting rid of compiz?”, “If newer applications will be encouraged to be written in qml for consistency, how much disparate other applications will look e.g libreoffice”?

  • Anonymous

    A MacBook with Intel HD 4400 graphics? “HD 4400” is Haswell, which isn’t even on store shelves yet…

  • Anonymous

    Shut up and take my money!

  • Waffle

    Wow, I’m genuinely impressed how fast and responsive it all looks. Good job, guys!

  • Mirco Müller

    I’m pretty sure it the intel HD 4000 graphics, Jono.

  • ?????? ??????

    It’s mean that Unity Next on desktop are save workflow which we see now? (4 virtual desktops, floting window mode, etc..)

  • Kyle

    Very impressive. Looks professional.

  • Mathieu Comandon

    This is cool stuff! Are there any news from Nvidia / AMD regarding Mir support for their drivers? Can we expect them for 13.10?

  • ?? ?

    Great work, bou there is the ‘Desktop’ ?