Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Feb 2006 12:22 UTC, submitted by Rahul
X11, Window Managers Updated: Fedora was right in the middle of announcing all this properly, so here is the updated item containing the official names. Videos included, as well as the inevitable 'Why not Xgl?'. "AIGLX is a project that aims to enable GL-accelerated effects on a standard desktop. We have a lightly modified X server (that includes a couple of extensions), an updated Mesa package that adds some new protocol support and a version of metacity with a composite manager. The end result is that you can use GL effects on your desktop with very few changes, the ability to turn it on and off at will, and you don't have to replace your X server in the process." This is part of Fedora's Rendering Project, and instructions on how to install all this are available too.
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RE[3]: Not Invented Here
by somebody on Mon 20th Feb 2006 17:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not Invented Here"
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So what you're implying is that we should ignore Novell R & D resources which are structured and well financed and instead look to disorganization as being good for consumers and the Linux community as a whole? You seem to forget what Novell has done for the Linux community and consumers in general. Such as releasing projects like YAST and AppArmor under the GPL, fighting FUD from SCO and Microsoft, etc. What have companies such as Red Hat and Mandriva done in the last year that is so significant and wasn't just an attempt to make money?

I think none of the posts said that, at least in this tone. Novell rightully got all the bling from this. No argue here.

Me personally, I'm all for the solution like this sooner than later, that's why I use Novells XGL now. But, I won't mind keeping the Novell-like bling after XOrg reorganizes and standardises it to something that can be called standard like "just works" solution. And having more solutions makes the possibility to pick the best one for basic default. Which is all that free software is about and it is how things worked in OSS from the dawn of time.

The way I see it is that Novell made a business decision that was in the best interest for consumers, not just their customers and used their resources to complete the project on time.

Yep, and this is where problems can start. You just have to look at it from distance. Read XDevConf papers and connect the presented technologies.

X needs a lot more global attention than just eye candy.

Let's also realize the reality is that Microsoft temorarily stopped developement of WinFS for Windows Vista so they can push it out the door sooner rather than later to market globally (Q3/Q4 2006 instead of Q4 2007). Sometimes having a small trained group working on a project is better because it's more focused than having a large group which tends to cause longer discussion, thus delays a project release.

Which works in MS case as charm. MS doesn't need to worry about getting attention from HW vendors. Linux is not so lucky.

And they all have common working environment. How would this work in free software where people mostly live in different countries?

What you said is equal to Novell taking the whole Linux development on it self and boost production. It is just too big project for this to happen'.

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