When Canonical announced it was no longer developing the Unity 8 desktop environment, many people assumed they would also cease work on the Mir display software, an underlying component Unity 8 used. However, Mir is still being worked on and developed for certain Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios. Mir may also be useful for other desktop environments such as MATE. Martin Wimpress, of the Ubuntu MATE distribution, has put forward the idea that Mir could be used as a Wayland compositor. "Implementing a Wayland compositor is a massive undertaking. Just look at the investment in time that was required for Mutter and Kwin to land Wayland implementations. Both of which extend the Wayland specification in different ways to accommodate their needs. The rumours of Mir's death are greatly exaggerated. MATE is a very small team, with extremely constrained time. Implementing Wayland directly is, at our current development velocity, several years away in my opinion. If Mir could provide us a fast path to supporting Wayland we (and possibly other desktops without Wayland support) should explore it."
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