Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Jun 2009 13:35 UTC, submitted by Jochen
Window Managers "samurai-x is a highly modular and configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. It is written in pure python utilising ctypes. samurai-x is targeted at people wishing to experiment with desktop programming and people who want more control over their desktop (without having to code in C)." Version 0.2 has been released recently.
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RE: My 2 cents.
by dagw on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 12:01 UTC in reply to "My 2 cents."
dagw
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What I don't understand is why is it that the wheel keeps on being reinvented over and over again?

As a prolific wheel re-inventor, I'll add my two cents.
Mainly I do it because in re-inventing I hope to also find a way to improve the wheel. If you've never built a working wheel you stand no chance of inventing a better one. By re-implementing known algorithms you get insights that will lead you to build better algorithms. If you start by saying I'm going to do something completely new chance are you'll get nowhere.

Also it's nice do have your very own wheel built the way you like having wheels built. Sure it might not be the fastest wheel on the block, but it's your wheel and you know exactly how to fix it when it breaks.

Thirdly (and perhaps most importantly) I like building wheels. The fact that I can download a better wheel for free in no way makes it less fun to invent your own wheel.

This is especially true if the cost outweigh the benefits.

Which is virtually never the case when it comes to Open Source. The cost to you, me and everyone else is zero, so why care.

The cost to the developers is slightly higher, but chances are that they would have spent their time playing computer games, watching movies or reading a book if they hadn't been coding (I know I would). On the other hand the benefit is quite high both from and educational and professional point of view and probably also from a 'having fun' point of view. So the cost benefit value is very much in favour of the benefit.

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