Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Feb 2007 18:45 UTC, submitted by GhePeU
X11, Window Managers David Reveman writes: "I'd like to get all of you updated on the compiz related things discussed at the X developer conference that was held last week. My talk was mainly focused on 'what's next' and how to get desktop compositing in X to the next level." He also discussed the fork: "I had the chance to talk to Quinn Storm from the beryl project during xdevconf. I would have hoped that the current situation with beryl could be improved but it seems like Quinn at least isn't interested in that. However, after talking to Quinn it's very clear to me that the fork was partially motivated by assumptions that were wrong."
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RE[4]: sour grapes?
by segedunum on Sun 18th Feb 2007 23:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: sour grapes?"
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The biggest example is the BSM, the beryl devs claimed that compiz relied to much on Gnome, when in-fact this wasn't true at all

When, for no apparent reason whatsoever, the only current working way of getting configuration settings was through GConf, and David Reveman's standard answer was "Oh you can write a separate plugin" I don't really see a need for that, nor does it inspire confidence in its future.

The beryl devs took it upon themselves to implemented an extremely hackish settings manager that btw still relies on gtk.

Well no actually. Beryl uses a flat file method for storing configuration settings, which is the way things should be, and then the Beryl Settings Manager (GTK) or a KDE version can be implemented on top of here - like just about everything else. There is no reason for anyone to write a separate plugin to store config settings for a piece of software that is fundamental to a desktop. It's more work for absolutely nothing, and means more things to go wrong.

Seriously, people demanding reasons for the fork is just pointless.

Additionally, people are forgetting the history of Compiz. The Beryl people have argued that a fork was necessary because they just couldn't trust David Reveman and Novell to be open about it (not that they don't respect him), and because of the undocumented method of the code itself. Given that Compiz was developed in a closed environment for some time until someone asked about it, and Novell then perked up and said "Oh, oh, oh, we were going to release that in February anyway", it just doesn't inspire confidence. David and Novell simply made a bad decision there, and they'll have to take that on the chin.

Another thing levelled at Beryl by David is that they are somehow less skilled than he is, and as a result, things are hacked together. Quite frankly I don't care if he thinks that. The Compiz code isn't exactly the best organised in the world, nor is it partularly stable and great. If it was, people would be using Compiz en masse. The Beryl developers are learning about writing some software that they do not have huge expertise in, but they're committed and working hard at it and they're learning - which is what open source development is about really.

I'd rather have skilled people constantly learning, and making at least some mistakes, than someone who criticises what he thinks are temporary solutions and hacks.

Cut them some slack. If it work it works. If it doesn't then people may or may not flock to Compiz in the way David Reveman so obviously and desperately wants.

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