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I've been doing a little testing of the Ubuntu Touch preview on my Nexus 10 tablet. It's very pretty, but I'm curious what support is planned for "legacy" Linux/X11 apps that aren't based on Qt/QML?

Will traditional desktop applications like LibreOffice and Gimp be runnable on the tablet view? Or will they run in a dedicated X11 desktop app? Or only when docked? Or will they be supported at all?

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Ubuntu Touch, and desktop Unity starting in 14.04, will run on top of the new Mir display server. Part of the Mir offering will be XMir, an X server running as a Mir client. This will allow legacy/X11 apps to run on top of Mir without any effort.

However, even if this does allow them to run on Ubuntu Touch, most legacy/X11 applications are not designed for touch-input and small screens, so most of them would not be very usable on phones and tablets.

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any updates on this, now that the Ubuntu Phone is out? –  Janus Troelsen Feb 13 at 23:28

The thin client will use mir as the display server. From what I've read porting apps from x11 to mir will be fairly painless so don't worry about your desktop apps not working.

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According to "Ubuntu Touch: Next Generation OS or Just Another Skin?" (XDA Developers), neither X11 nor Wayland are supported at this time.

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I know nothing works in the current developer preview, but what's intended to be supported? It says "The phone becomes a full PC and thin client when docked." at ubuntu.com/devices/phone ... –  Brion Feb 27 '13 at 19:48

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