Maybe Canonical have to hire developers to overtake the further development of compiz if they want to go the road with compiz/unity or drop it and work together with the gnome devs and can benefit of upstream development (Gnome Nautilus,...). And it shows why it is bad to have forks in your distribution of upstream projects. However the decision what powers unity in future will be interesting.
maybe there is something in the works now? always wondered why there is/was no official Alpha released
I wonder why Sam left Canonical?
Unity and Compiz made desktop surfing and working a joy. I doubt very much that compiz will fade so easily.
Solution ... bring back Unity 2d and dump the lvmpipe. Unity 2D was just awesome. Still is on my 11.10 install.
Tablet PCs are to desktop PCs as toy synthesizers are to Steinway Grand Pianos. Toy synthesizers get played only a few times then collect food, dust and grime and are eventually thrown away. Steinways most only need to be tuned and always appreciate in value. The quality of sound also gets better as it ages. Assuming that Unity and Compiz are experiencing some type of entropy is a minimalist view . One virtuoso leaves and there are usually three standing by to take his place.
This is Rolling Release
Warnings for New Beta Testers& Helpful Terminal Commands:
Running Trusty /devel/@ 5.120GHz32bit/ Please put [ prefix] on New Threads!
KWin says hi.
On the other hand, because of the Plasma Active project, KWin was stripped down for mobile, and a Mer based distro that uses Plasma Active can already be installed on a Nexus 7. Also, work is being done to support Wayland in KWin.
I don't fully understand the reasons behind the Unity strategy, it seems to me that embracing KDE would be a more efficient way to achieve the envisioned "One OS fits all sizes". KDE already has an offer that suits desktops, netbooks, tablets... and is designed to make easy building yet another interface if that's what's needed.
Sure, KDE is resource hungry, but Unity is not a bit lighter, and the KDE devs are improving Plasma's performance with every release.
Well, perhaps this is Canonical's "plan B"? Since 12.04 there's a Plasma Active Kubuntu for i386:
Here is great video of Plasm Active and it's capabilities.
My feeling is that Sam never really wanted to be the lead compiz developer. When the first version of Unity came out and was based on mutter, Sam planned on stopping work on compiz, and was going to create plugins that worked with it.
I personally think that his time as the lead compiz developer was pretty tough on him, and from the sound of it, is happy to be done with it.