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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Wish this happened more often..
by HeLfReZ on Sat 24th Mar 2007 22:00 UTC
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With great power comes great responsibility lol..I wish this would happen more often. Right now there is a TREMEMDOUS amount of duplication of effort in linux. This can be good, as it allows for diversity in offerings..But it can also be bad, because you get alot of jacks and no Aces. This is a good example of 2 programs seriously duplicating effort for no real reason. Give us one product with a stable version and a testing version similar to debian.

I sincerely wish mre developers would put egos aside and take a good look a teaming up to create a few great programs, rather than alot of small hacks. Sure it would be nice to have "A" linux desktop environments rather than multiple, but this is not as necessary as some common grounds for creating programs that can co-exist across environments.

I say go for it..and hope more people with like goals would do the same.

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> there is a TREMEMDOUS amount of duplication of effort in linux.

While some of this duplicated effort is counter productive, I highly doubt that most of it is. For example, people often complain about the duplicated effort between Gnome and KDE. The thing is, these are rather different environments. If I were stuck with KDE, I would probably use Mac OS X full time because I hate the complexity of KDE. If it went the other way, there would be people using Windows because they would simply find Gnome too limiting.

For more abstract projects, projects that probably end up looking quite similar to the end user (like Compiz and Beryl), you still have to deal with the needs of the developers. Just because one group thinks one API is great, doesn't mean that another group will think the API is great. Or what about the teams themselves? Just because you have 1 team + 1 team doesn't mean that you get the output of 2 teams when you combine them. If people cannot agree on goals, or they cannot stand working with each other for social reasons, then you aren't going to see a combined output. You may see a slightly higher output. You may see a diminished output. But it probably won't be additive.

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