Linked by the_randymon on Wed 9th Jan 2013 00:48 UTC
X11, Window Managers Lead developer for Compiz, Sam Spilsbury, says he sees little need to develop Compiz for Wayland due to the increasing fragmentation of the Linux ecosystem. Spilsbury writes "What does compiz actually provide to users of these systems? [...] None of this functionality that user wants really depends on our compositing engine. There's nothing so special about our compositing engine that gives it a reason to exist [...] This is the real practical toll of fragmentation amongst the Linux ecosystem. It's not just that there are multiple implementations of the wheel. There are multiple implementations of entire cars which do almost the same thing, but a little different from everyone else. Some say this is the free software's greatest strength. Now that I know the personal and technical toll of fragmentation, I see it as its greatest weakness."
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Comment by Jason Bourne
by Jason Bourne on Wed 9th Jan 2013 02:17 UTC
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Doesn't Wayland has its own compositor? I sure can't stand Compiz bugs anymore and Canonical is playing dangerous unless they start writing some code for their Unity stack.

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RE: Comment by Jason Bourne
by Spiron on Wed 9th Jan 2013 03:04 in reply to "Comment by Jason Bourne"
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The Wayland compositor is only a reference on, akin to the one that you get in you install X11 and then run startx without anyother WM installed. So enough to prove that it works but not much more than that.

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The H Online has the best response to the question: The issue isn't whether Linux is or isn't an OS. It's how display managers and windowmanagers are evolving, and the role Compiz will play. The linked blog piece by Spilsbury is also interesting, but the H Online article gives some good background.

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