[conspire] (forw) Re: Unity on Wayland

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Tue Nov 30 19:14:50 PST 2010

On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 07:01:49PM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> My take on recent graphical-desktop news.

OK - I just ran compiz on the command line while in wmaker and it made
my screen flash....very exciting.


> ----- Forwarded message from Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> -----
> Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:00:49 -0800
> From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
> To: [my friend]
> Subject: Re: Unity on Wayland
> Organization: If you lived here, you'd be $HOME already.
> Quoting [my friend]:
> > Mark Shuttleworth has announced on his blog
> > (http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/551) that Ubuntu is going to
> > migrate to an OpenGL based display manager called Wayland and that an
> > X-Window compatibility layer will be included to run X apps. Canonical
> > is now referring to the Ubuntu desktop as "Unity". He says he expects
> > it to take about one year to make the transition to Wayland.
> Actually, Unity is a multitouch-capable desktop environment wrapped
> around Novell/SUSE's Compiz 3D-compositing window manager, and is their
> answer to the standard GNOME D.E. sofware suite, which currently is
> their D.E.  wrapped around Metacity.  That is, Unity will (when
> complete) become Ubuntu's implementation of GNOME 3.0.
> For 2011, the GNOME people intend to release GNOME 3.0 using 'GNOME Shell' 
> as the basic UI, that being a replacement for their old desktop metaphor
> implementation.  'GNOME Shell', in turn, is software superstructure atop
> an extensible compositing window manager named Mutter, which in turn
> employs an OpenGL display engine for 3D compositing called 'Clutter
> Toolkit'.
> The Ubuntu people had a falling out with the GNOME folks over the GNOME
> 3.0 / GNOME Shell / Mutter strategy, as they considered Mutter to have
> poor performance compared to Compiz, and GNOME Shell to make relatively
> poor use a screen space, especially for netbooks.
> http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/102610-is-unity-the-right-interface.html
> The intended downplaying of X11 in favour of a Wayland-based layer is very
> interesting.  Wayland's hardly the first would-be escape route from X11
> ugliness, but I give this one a good chance of actually working,
> especially as the author's no slouch, having been the guy responsible
> for AIGLX.
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