Linked by Oscar Boykin on Wed 25th Feb 2004 08:59 UTC
X11, Window Managers For the past year, there has been a slow and steady stream of news events regarding XFree86, X11, or new X server implementations. To those not paying close attention (and even those who are), the meaning of some of these events may not be clear. In this brief article, I attempt to share my impression on what the changes mean for users of free software on the desktop. It appears that XFree86 is in some turmoil, and it may leave some to infer that free desktop systems will suffer.
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the new "Linus"
by foo on Thu 26th Feb 2004 03:15 UTC

Regardless of whomever may step up to the plate as the author of the article calls out for...lets hope that by the time the next big closed source desktop is ready (1? 2? 3 yrs from now?) that the Open Source's foundation for GUI's will be *so good* it's scary!

The possibility that the "new leader" may never emerge always exists. Rather a collection of assorted efforts from all different paths may come together and turn the tide...and that is never a wild prediction in this trade ;)

I haven't been in Open Source all that long, but I am still quite surprised at all the hostility toward the XFree project...well deserved as it may seem these days...

foo out