Our Wayland Conformance test Suite is now available from Debian sid. This is part of an effort by Mike Gabriel (sunweaver) in association with UBports to package Unity8 desktop for Debian. Amongst the other packages being uploaded is the latest Mir 1.7.0.
Our own @sophie-w has been working through the issues with our “experimental”, Xwayland based, X11 support. There are still significant problems to be investigated but he has made enough progress that we agreed to drop the “experimental” status. In the next release of Mir it will be a simple
--enable-x11 configuration option away.
You can, of course, follow progress using our ppa:mir-team/dev or, move conveniently for some, the
--edge channel of the egmde snap (the egmde snap enables X11 support).
Before FOSDEM last weekend @mariogrip reached out to @raof for some help improving the way was Mir working on this hardware. The result of this collaboration was a new video showing UbuntuTouch on the pinephone.
So, once Unity 8 gets into the Debian Sid repository, are we likely to see Unity 8 in an Ubuntu repository soon after? In particular, are we likely to see Unity 8 in an Ubuntu 20.10 repository?
EDIT: I realize that the pace of packaging Unity 8 desktop for Debian will be determined by Mike Gabriel (sunweaver), and not by you or Canonical. But if Unity 8 gets into Debian Sid by early this summer, are we likely to see Unity 8 in an Ubuntu 20.10 repository? Alternatively, if Unity 8 gets into Debian Sid by early next winter, are we likely to see Unity 8 in an Ubuntu 21.04 repository?
Packages in Debian sid normally get sync’d to Ubuntu. There’s no reason to expect Unity8 to be handled differently.