Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 13:03 UTC, submitted by zam001
X11, Window Managers Aaron Siego of KDE: "It would be very nice if our X server could use OpenGL directly for its display and composition. Because then we could have hardware accelerated effects that are not only cool looking, but also very useful. Well, there is just such a project underway, called XGL. But don't hold your breath. The development of XGL has been largely removed from the community and is being done behind closed doors. Who is this company, you ask, that would take the development of something as potentially important as this out of the community and put it behind closed doors? Novell."
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RE: RE: Closed Doors
by DrillSgt on Tue 20th Dec 2005 19:12 UTC
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"The StarOffice release was a great event for the community, but it was the ugliest piece of Unix software I'd ever seen until the OpenOffice folks got a hold of it and spent a few years eliminating the faux Start menu etc.

StarOffice is a good example of how closed development can be badly misaligned with the values and aesthetics of the community."


It is not the aesthetics I am discussing, but rather the functionality. I hated that Start menu myself with a passion. My point is the main functionality was already written, making it a shorter time span then writing the code from scratch. Another project that comes to mind is Mozilla, which was originally Netscape , until Netscape released it. The difference here is the project started in the wild and Novell has put it in a cage. Who knows, maybe they will open it up for public contribution once they have a handle on it. Time will tell on that one.

Again, this is all just IMHO.

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