Linked by Rahul on Tue 4th Nov 2008 06:17 UTC
X11, Window Managers Kristian Hogsberg, Red Hat Xorg developer and the key person behind successful projects such as AIGLX, has now started working on a new project called Wayland, a tiny display server and compositing manager.
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RE[2]: yet another useless fork
by qortra on Tue 4th Nov 2008 14:13 UTC in reply to "RE: yet another useless fork"
qortra
Member since:
2005-10-05

Could still be useless though.


True, but that can be said of all pre-alpha software. The fact is that the old X.Org code-base is old and has a ton of cruft. One way or another, the free software community needs to consider replacing it - if Wayland merely gets people to start thinking about doing so, I say Job Well Done.

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Most of the cruft has been removed from the codebase. I'm sure there's still a lot left, but the devs are keeping pace with removing unused and unnecessary components from the codebase. Just today there were half a dozen commits removing crap from the server.

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qortra Member since:
2005-10-05

cruft has been removed from the [X.Org] codebase.


I absolutely know that is has, and I truly am grateful for the work they've done on it. However, speaking as a software engineer, sometimes a total rewrite is required to move ahead - refactoring has its limits. Moreover, this project appears to be a complete paradigm shift from the old-style X.Org server, and that might be what is called for to solve some of the problems mentioned in the article.

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