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]: What an utter non-sense
by toast88 on Wed 9th Jan 2013 13:35 UTC in reply to "RE: What an utter non-sense"
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That was his point..

It doesn't matter. X11 is going to be abandoned in the future. It's 25-year-old, crufty old code no one really understands in full anymore.

It will be superceded by Wayland + XWayland. There is no fragmentation simply because in the future, Linux will be Wayland-only like MacOS is Quartz-only.

Ubuntu is going to enable Wayland for 13.04.


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dsmogor Member since:

Wayland is fundamentally a protocol with a ref impl., and he wanted to avoid replicating current mess with X11 window managers with equivalent mess of competing wayland implementations, that in the end some poor souls have to maintain and debug inside of Linux companies that loose money on that.

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Gullible Jones Member since:

I don't see why the current situation with window managers is "a mess," actually (other than that X11 itself is a mess). One size does not fit all.

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