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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Could help stop fracturing, actually....
by on Tue 20th Dec 2005 17:46 UTC in reply to "responses"

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Maybe you should consider that possibility. One development process does not work equally well for every project. Sometimes the work at hand demands a different approach from that taken on another project. Does it not seem likely that some permutations of the OSS development model would be needed to best handle the wide variety of technical, economic, political, etc., conditions and challenges facing specific projects? Every process does *not* need to follow an exact cookie-cutter OSS process in order to be a "good" OSS project.

Assume the group working on it has a strong and clear vision of what they want/need to get done for a first cut. Maybe they'll be better able to focus on cranking it out if they don't have to spend time vetting other peoples' submissions and ideas during this phase. And a quicker first release of something implemented and working will get others to jump on the wagon, since they'll be cut off earlier in their competing process.

Sometimes the way to get your sw adopted ubiquitously, and closing the team off can at times help create the focus and momentum needed. They can (and likely will) then open the source and the development process once they've gotten a good code cut done. You'll still get your "peer review". After all the OSS work that Novell/Ximian/SuSE has done, don't be so naive as to suggest they don't know the benefits of that.

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