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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"And how is it the developer's fault that the hardware manufacturers don't support linux?"

For end users and the widespread adoption of a Linux based desktop OS, it is utterly irrelevant who's fault the lack of support for hardware is. All people know is "Linux doesn't support my hardware (or software in many cases), therefore I won't install it" (and the same story for any other OS in the same boat as Linux)

So no-one cares if it is the fault of the hardware manufacturer for not providing the specifications for their hardware or releasing open source drivers, and since the only other option for developing drivers is to reverse engineer them, developers spending time on non-functional eye-candy could be construed as misdirecting their efforts into something that is not very important. So in that sense, it could be said that it is as much the developers fault as it is the hardware manufacturer's with regard to drivers, not that end users give a monkey's arse about where the blame lies anyway.

Having said that, the hardware support of Linux is generally very good, considering the number of devices out there that have had drivers written from scratch without any help from the hardware manufacturer.

The main thing holding me back from using Linux as my main OS is the lack of decent music creation & sequencing apps - there is nothing out there in Linux land that even vaguely compares to Sonar, Tracktion, Abelton Live or Cubase, and until there is, I can't seriously consider switching completely. I would much prefer a few developers put the eye-candy to one side for now and wrote a decent multi-track audio/midi sequencer with native VST support (without resorting to the complexity of trying to get it all working with Wine)and simple, uncluttered workflow...

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