Unity 8 is one of the hottest things coming inside 2014 both for mobile devices and Ubuntu desktop boxes. Unity 8 will run on a new display server, called Mir, made by Canonical.
It will use a Qt/QML SDK for building applications, and it will provide an unified run-time environment across all devices, Mobiles, Tablets and Desktops/Laptops. That means applications should run in all platforms without extra porting work.
I guess you already know everything about Unity 8, but for the people that don’t have an Ubuntu OS to actually try it, here is how it looks like.
am not quite aware what exactly are trying to do in Canonical, but I’m imaging that Unity 8 in desktops will replace the Unity 7 Dash, and it won’t be full screen as in Mobiles. I might be wrong on this.
Unity 8 will come as default most probably in Ubuntu 14.10, in October 2014.
Building and Running in Vbox.
You can install and run Unity 8 as easy as:
$ sudo apt-get install unity8
That will work at least for Ubuntu 14.10 installations, and you might need to add a PPA if you running 13.10.
Building from sources
Building Unity from sources is actually 2-3 commands. But it requires 14.04 only!
You can see the building instructions at Ubuntu Wiki:
Running in VBox
To run Unity 8 in Virtual Box, you must disable the 3d acceleration from VBox options.
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