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Some of Linux’s Most Popular Games Will Run Natively On Mir

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Half-Life Uses SDL on Linux

The Simple Direct Media layer (SDL), used in a growing number of high-profile games, has gained support for Ubuntu’s Mir display server.

SDL, a cross-platform development library, provides games makers with a simplified way to access audio and input devices, like mouse, keyboards and joysticks, and graphics hardware through OpenGL in their software.

This combination of versatility and simplicity has lead to it being used in more than 700 games, including the Linux ports of popular titles available on Valve’s Steam client and via the Humble Bundle.

With Mir and SDL playing nice together, games using it will run natively under Unity 8 on Mir – no fuss, no hassle, and no discernible difference from that of the traditional X server.

In addition to X and Mir SDL also supports Wayland.