Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 24th Mar 2007 18:55 UTC, submitted by irbis
X11, Window Managers "The Compiz and Beryl teams are discussing a merger. Posts on the Compiz forum and Beryl mailing list indicate that the projects are discussing how to execute a merger and work together to deliver a single compositing window manager to give 'bling' to the Linux desktop."
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Choice
by s_groening on Sat 24th Mar 2007 22:17 UTC
s_groening
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What sometimes seems to be unnecessary in other parts of the software industry seems to be the rule of thumb in the open source world - choice!

It often seems to come down to this sole property when discussing open source software.

Sometimes, though, I seem to think that some choices are unnecessary - at least as soon as you have made a choice of your own.
As the user of one particular Linux distribution, you might very well consider every other distribution non-existing, but every one wants its own 'share' in the open source world, giving us hundreds of different distributions to choose from, but yet again it might very well not be necessary ...

It sometimes seems to me that open source software is too loosely organized and that it could often gain substantial benefits from defining not only goals for a certain project, but also by defining how to get there on target. Focus often shifts as we see it here, with the talks of 'reuniting' the Compiz/beryl development efforts...

In this case, I simply do not see the reason for NOT working together - hell, why not make the compositing engine a part of X.org and give users a switch to turn on or off the eye candy that it offers?

I'd like to see this happening along with a unified plug-in structure for the compositing effects, so that the quality of both products (Compiz/Beryl and its plug-ins) can be ensured through a more unified approach to the developing efforts, that already keep Linux ahead of e.g. Windows Vista in the eye candy department.

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