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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RE: Curious priorities?
by on Wed 21st Dec 2005 09:42 UTC in reply to "Curious priorities?"

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So OOo2 is identified as one of their biggest challenges for the desktop due to it's design, and they're relying on Sun to improve it because they don't have the resources to justify heavy development on their end.

Fair enough.

But seems to me that investing in improving OOo2 would do far more to help them advance linux as a business desktop than creating an OpenGL based desktop environment. I have to assume they've got more than one or two guys working it if it's really going to fly without external testing and development, even in pre-Alpha stage.

Good points, but the problem is that the codebase is so massive, so convoluted, so packed with cruft from possibly as far back as the late 80s that it's next to impossible to get anyone to work on it - outside of Sun.

Look at it this way. Novell hires and engineer or assigns one of their engineers to start working on OO. They take a couple months (or longer) to get up to the speed on the codebase and then start submitting patches. But hold on. This guy works for Novell and these Sun guys maybe aren't so thrilled some Novell guy bogarting his way into the scene. Politics is everywhere and it's recognized, but rarely discussed except by developers.

XGL is one of those sexy things that Novell can control development on. Just like Trolltech controls Qt and RedHat is de-facto controller of Gnome.

People need to stop acting like there's some kumbaya, utopia in open source development.

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