Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2006 15:07 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
X11, Window Managers Just when you thought fancy effects on Linux desktops started to get remotely understandable, focussing on Aiglx/Xgl with Compiz, a fork of Compiz is announced: Beryl. This is the logical continuation of the popular compiz-quinnstorm branch, used by many Ubuntu users. "During this summer, and during the last few weeks, some major additions were done in compiz-quinnstorm, bringing a whole new decorator, cgwd, which was designed to be fully themable, and a new settings backend, csm, which intended to drop most of the gnome deps - there were other reasons for this, but this is not our current subject. Consequently, we reached a situation where it's quite impossible to come back." The main reason is general unwillingness to work with and unresponsiveness to the developers of the -quinnstorm branch from the official Compiz guys.
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Forking is not always bad
by SEJeff on Tue 19th Sep 2006 16:36 UTC
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Upstream compiz has not been responsive to ideas and patches from several developers working on the QuinnStorm branch of compiz. Elitest attitudes and an unwillingness to work with others is what caused to fork from XFree86 and look how much better is now.

Beryl has at least a dozen developers working on various parts of it and the community is really helping bugfix and test new parts of the code. This project gives Linux the potential to become the best looking desktop on the block. With the genie and sidekick effects from the new animation plugin, it already looks better than OS X.

Long live Beryl!

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