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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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Too bad, I guess
by Gullible Jones on Wed 9th Jan 2013 20:38 UTC
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I've used Wayland briefly, the main problems right now seem to be that
- No distribution ships XWayland in the repos yet
- The reference compositor is too minimal to be useful

Other than that it works astonishingly well. If there were a decent compositor for it - something along the lines of Openbox maybe, just providing window borders and some menus - distributions could probably start switching to it straight away, IMO.

So yeah, too bad about Compiz; a Wayland version might speed up adoption.

Edited 2013-01-09 20:39 UTC

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