Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 24th Mar 2007 18:55 UTC, submitted by irbis
X11, Window Managers "The Compiz and Beryl teams are discussing a merger. Posts on the Compiz forum and Beryl mailing list indicate that the projects are discussing how to execute a merger and work together to deliver a single compositing window manager to give 'bling' to the Linux desktop."
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Another joint
by xultz on Sat 24th Mar 2007 19:49 UTC
xultz
Member since:
2006-05-09

One day the KDE and Gnome teams will merge too.
One day...

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RE: Another joint
by malla on Sat 24th Mar 2007 19:55 in reply to "Another joint"
malla Member since:
2007-03-22

One day Novell and Microsoft will merge as well? any takers?

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RE[2]: Another joint
by brother bloat on Sat 24th Mar 2007 20:10 in reply to "Another joint"
brother bloat Member since:
2005-07-06

Wishful thinking, but still: imagine a desktop environment with the simplicity and well-designed interfaces we see in Gnome, but with the optional customizability we've got in KDE.

Or what about if the various distros could decide on a unified package manager? Maybe software would spread faster if it was easy to install anywhere?

Or perhaps eliminating the idea of "distros" altogether? Something like the idea described here:

https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/customize-download-cd

for a start?

Competition is healthy; maybe it's a good thing in the long run. However, I do sometimes wonder what the open source community could accomplish if we spent just a bit less time competing with each other and instead used it to make existing software better and make new ideas a reality.

In any case, I think this merge is a small (but appreciated) step in the right direction.

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RE[3]: Another joint
by nzMM on Sat 24th Mar 2007 21:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Another joint"
nzMM Member since:
2006-06-22

A point that made Ubuntu more successful than Debian was that Ubuntu narrowed its scope, officially focusing on a main core. If Ubuntu tries to be infinately flexible that may undermine a big part of the current formula that has brought it soo much good fortune.

So i would be wary of something that suggested allot of customisation, but perhaps a couple of checkboxes asking how you would use your PC, i.e. server, desktop, multimedia, composite etcetera could be good. Maybe even some preconfigured themes, say a half dozen, of which you can preview online and choose one to be your default post-installation.

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RE[3]: Another joint
by deb2006 on Sun 25th Mar 2007 18:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Another joint"
deb2006 Member since:
2006-06-26

It won't happen - and that's good. I don't want a Ubuntu kernel. That's only for a start. I want a rock solid Debian system, and I don't care if it has Gnome 2.14, 16 or 18. This may be important for Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora - for other distributions it is not vitally important.

Anyway - every distribution has Linux, every distribution has Gnome, KDE, the GNU tools, and the LSB. What else do we need? I don't want "Ubuntu" (any name might do) everywhere - that's a nightmare. I want specialized distributions, and I want three or four "big" distributions, that are out for a challenge (Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora, Debian).

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RE: Another joint
by Babi Asu on Sun 25th Mar 2007 09:34 in reply to "Another joint"
Babi Asu Member since:
2006-02-11

One day, the gazillions linux distro will merge into FreeLinux, NetLinux and OpenLinux.

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RE[2]: Another joint
by Constantine XVI on Mon 26th Mar 2007 00:42 in reply to "RE: Another joint"
Constantine XVI Member since:
2006-11-02

I see the humor, but the BSD's went in reverse of that.
FreeBSD was a fork of 386BSD
NetBSD was also a fork of 386BSD
OpenBSD was a fork of NetBSD

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