Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 13:03 UTC, submitted by zam001
X11, Window Managers Aaron Siego of KDE: "It would be very nice if our X server could use OpenGL directly for its display and composition. Because then we could have hardware accelerated effects that are not only cool looking, but also very useful. Well, there is just such a project underway, called XGL. But don't hold your breath. The development of XGL has been largely removed from the community and is being done behind closed doors. Who is this company, you ask, that would take the development of something as potentially important as this out of the community and put it behind closed doors? Novell."
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Oxygen
by on Tue 20th Dec 2005 15:55 UTC

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Well, Aaron Siego, can you explain why the new Oxygen icons are developed behind closed doors then? Those are KDE-artists/developers and not even a company is involved.

Xgl was dying because of the lack of developers. Only one man was working on it, and didn't have any time to develop a native XServer which would work completely.

Having a company building software isn't a bad thing at all. Please, let business decide what to do. Pushing Open Source to the extreme isn't good for anyone! (L)GPL is about releasing code, not purely about community-efford during the development process.

The outcome is that we users can benefit from Xgl instead of it not being released at all. And I'm pretty sure that Novell isn't going to release the code after KDE 4.0 is released, but long before it. So, do hold your breath, because Xgl will be just Ok.

Don't let Open Source blind you from what users need and what reality is.

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RE: Oxygen
by segedunum on Tue 20th Dec 2005 23:56 in reply to "Oxygen"
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2005-07-06

Well, Aaron Siego, can you explain why the new Oxygen icons are developed behind closed doors then?

Well:

Those are KDE-artists/developers and not even a company is involved.

That's why there's no problem. There's also a page (recently edited) and a site that tells you what the Oxygen icon people are actually doing along with samples. Hardly the same thing.

Please, let business decide what to do.

No, because it's a community project (or it's supposed to be) hosted on Freedesktop that potentially affects a lot of people and projects. Insert business for Microsoft there and you have exactly the situation the open source community is supposed to solve.

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