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Is Shuttleworth Crazy, Brave, or Smart?

Nov 06, 2010, 23:07 (25 Talkback[s])
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"Last week Mark Shuttleworth dropped the bomb that the next release of Ubuntu, 11.04, would ship with Unity as the default window manager. This caused a lot of concern throughout the community, but most were getting used to the idea, appeased by the knowledge that GNOME Shell would be but a few clicks away. But yesterday he went even further - he announced that Ubuntu would be moving to the Wayland graphical server as well. Has Shuttleworth lost his mind? Or does he know something we don't?

"One of the biggest problems with Unity is that it requires graphical hardware acceleration in order to function properly, but then Ubuntu ships with open source drivers and provides easy access to proprietary graphical drivers that provide this functionality. So, most early concerns on this topic again were appeased for the most part. But with yesterday's announcement, this becomes a very serious issue among others.

"The first issue to note is how young the Wayland project is compared to what it is actually designed to do. Wayland is a bold idea..."

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