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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shoot the messenger, lose the message
by aseigo on Tue 20th Dec 2005 22:20 UTC
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> Isn't Aaron Siego one of the leaders of the pack
> that constantly claim that the fact that Qt is
> developed behind closed doors is good for KDE?

care to point to a place where i've said this, ever?

> He's blasting Novell for doing exactly what
> Trolltech does.

as others have pointed out, it's a slightly different set of dynamics here.

but even if it were, this isn't how Trolltech develops either. they offer snapshots that are updated regularly. you can contribute patches, and we (KDE) often do.

> Does anyone actually pay serious attention to this
> guy's rants anymore? Why does he have any
> credibility?

perhaps because once in a while i'm right? ;)

> I'm talking about his half-informed and poorly
> thought-out blog rants. In that respect the guy is
> clearly a crank and a troll,

if you actually read my blog, as opposed to just entries that get picked out for publication on a website every so many months, you might notice that i'm usually pretty upbeat and easy with the support and praise.

the "shocker" is that (among other sites, it's not unique to here) like to publish stories about controversy more than they do about good things.

> the kind who fools himself into believing that he's
> doing the world a favor by poking sticks in
> everybody's eyes.

it may surprise you, but i hate writing this kind of stuff. fortunately i don't feel like i need to very often. but once in a while something happens and rather than stand by silently while trains derail i step up and say something.

yes, i know that that is an unpopular thing to do. i learned that back in elementary school, but i also learned that sometimes unfun, unpopular things are necessary or at the very least beneficial.

and again, i pat people on the back waaaaay more often than i poke with sticks. fortunately there's a lot more going on that's positive than not =)

i would urge that you consider the message rather than the messenger, because even if i am a warty, ugly, horrible ogre of a human it doesn't change what's happening .....

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