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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It's already too late
by dsmogor on Wed 9th Jan 2013 15:03 UTC
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The sad part is even if the authors intention fulfills the next gen Linux Desktop GFX space in compositor layer is already fragmented even before it materialized.
This is by the fact that Android (the most successful Linux client side impl.) already uses a completely different and incompatible composing mechanism (Surface flinger).
The question is, does developing Wayland at all has a sense any more in this context? The replacement is already working and have been field proven for years now.
Sure, W might have originated from time before Android even existed but isn't admitting to the reality part of meritocratic decision making process?

Edited 2013-01-09 15:03 UTC

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