Linked by the_randymon on Wed 9th Jan 2013 00:48 UTC
X11, Window Managers Lead developer for Compiz, Sam Spilsbury, says he sees little need to develop Compiz for Wayland due to the increasing fragmentation of the Linux ecosystem. Spilsbury writes "What does compiz actually provide to users of these systems? [...] None of this functionality that user wants really depends on our compositing engine. There's nothing so special about our compositing engine that gives it a reason to exist [...] This is the real practical toll of fragmentation amongst the Linux ecosystem. It's not just that there are multiple implementations of the wheel. There are multiple implementations of entire cars which do almost the same thing, but a little different from everyone else. Some say this is the free software's greatest strength. Now that I know the personal and technical toll of fragmentation, I see it as its greatest weakness."
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Weakness
by kwan_e on Wed 9th Jan 2013 01:18 UTC
kwan_e
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Surely, the ability for someone to be able to write Compiz when X11 was the main game in town, then for someone else to come along to replace X11 is a good trade off for fragmentation?

It's not as though there's so much love for X11 compared to Wayland that would keep Linux fragmented along those lines either.

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