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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RE[2]: Weakness
by Soulbender on Wed 9th Jan 2013 05:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Weakness"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Linux is NOT AN OS, its a whole bunch of little programs made by guys that don't talk to each other that is magically supposed to seamlessly work together but which IRL does anything but.


That still makes it an OS, your opinion on if it works or not doesn't change that.

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RE[3]: Weakness
by moondevil on Wed 9th Jan 2013 08:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Weakness"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Yes, but the way it is going is a deja-vu of the UNIX wars of the late 90's that made many corporations wish for Windows NT.

I was there and I know what POSIX "compatibility" really means.

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RE[4]: Weakness
by dsmogor on Wed 9th Jan 2013 14:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Weakness"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Not mentioning POSIX constitutes about 5% of what modern apps need.

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