Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Oct 2008 22:32 UTC, submitted by Eric Masson
X11, Window Managers Most of you will be familiar with Silicon Graphics, Inc., once the proud leader in the graphics workstations market with their high-end MIPS workstations, running the UNIX System V based IRIX operating system. The company has been in steady decline for a long time now, and two years ago it put an end to its MIPS product line, favouring processors from Intel. Back to IRIX - it has many assets and good features (XFS, for instance), and the IRIX Interactive Desktop was certainly one of them. Sadly, it never properly made its way out of IRIX, but this is now being worked on, with the full support from SGI.
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Why
by twm_bucket on Thu 9th Oct 2008 16:04 UTC
twm_bucket
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2008-10-09

MaXX Desktop exists because it can. It's not just another WM, it's a complete desktop. If you don't like the idea of another desktop/WM, well that's your problem. Some of us do.

MaXX has a clean and consistent UI. The window manager has been tweaked to give the optimal performance with the lowest CPU overhead. If you have an Nvidia card, Maxx flies.

This project may not satisfy anyone but if you are into OpenGL and object oriented programming, MaXX will fit the bill.

MaXX emulates 4Dwm and the Indigo magic Desktop. Other projects recreate NeXT or BeOS. Pick your favorite.

The code will be as free and open source as it can be, within the restrictions of the license. SGI has been very cool about all this and we don't want to spoil that.

And due to this license restriction, MaXX will only run on Linux x86 and this will not change for the foreseeable future,

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RE: Why
by fithisux on Thu 9th Oct 2008 17:13 in reply to "Why"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

I would like them to sell it bundled with Debian-MIPS on Loongson desktops. A better SGI feeling!!!

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RE: Why
by merkoth on Thu 9th Oct 2008 17:13 in reply to "Why"
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

This project may not satisfy anyone but if you are into OpenGL and object oriented programming, MaXX will fit the bill.


Could you elaborate on that? I'm interested in both ;)

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RE[2]: Why
by twm_bucket on Fri 10th Oct 2008 00:04 in reply to "RE: Why"
twm_bucket Member since:
2008-10-09

MaXX's apis will have OpenGL and QT tightly integrated (I think an early version was Java, don't quote me on that).

To repeat the point: MaXX will only run on Linux x86 (and x86_64) for the foreseeable future.

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RE: Why
by inetman on Fri 10th Oct 2008 07:09 in reply to "Why"
inetman Member since:
2006-05-30

Thank you twm_bucket,

finally somebody answered by questions (even though you didn't replied to my comment). :-)

My conclusion: Linux is too much diversified, focusing the engagement of all this briliant (or less briliant but still motivated^^) programmers could fix the gap between linux and end user requirements. What I see in project like that is just the ego of the developers who want to show off, that they will do it better (again...). Kind of penis envy, isn't it? ;-)

Regards....

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