Notes on Beryl

Corey Burger corey.burger at
Mon Oct 30 20:01:02 GMT 2006

On 10/30/06, Ulrik Mikaelsson <ulrik.mikaelsson at> wrote:
> Regarding Gnome "Integration" there's of course a reason why Beryl in the
> forking process decided to be desktop neutral.
> I don't know for sure but I've got a feeling the KWin devs would appreciate
> a non-biased compositing manager to adopt over a Gnomish Compiz.
> Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't it still be possible to write a
> Gnomified version of beryl-settings and emerald-theme-manager?
> In my view, basic subsystems, such as graphics compositing, filesystems,
> networking, file-indexing services should be kept as desktop and
> distribution-neutral as possible. It's then up to the desktop and
> distribution to put it's own flavor on top of it and present it to the
> users. Tracker, DBUS, NetworkManager AND Beryl is doing a good job here,
> trying to stay neutral with completely separate projects for integration
> into the desktops.
> That said, there's nothing stopping anyone for creating applications,
> meta-packages etc. to integrate Beryl to a nice default desktop on Gnome and
> Ubuntu. Just let Beryl itself stay neutral. :)

Given this is ubuntu-devel, not xubuntu or kubuntu, we should be
talking about sane defaults for us. Sane defaults for a GNOME-based
distro such as ourselves in gconf. So why is a configuration system
other than gconf a win for a GNOME-based distro?


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