Ubuntu is an open-source Linux operating system distribution, backed by commercial vendor Canonical. Canonical’s Ubuntu product manager, Richard Collins, explained to eWEEK that the 13.10 release is a key milestone for his company in providing a single operating system that can run across different device types with little adjustment.
Collins said that what has landed in Ubuntu 13.10 is some very important system component work that will optimize the operating system for multiple form factors. Part of that component work is a new display server known as Mir.
“Mir is the basis by which we will support all services in the future,” he said. “A display server is a fundamental part of how an operating system works.”