Cascade of attention-deficit teenagers

Life: It’s been a busy few days, and I should have been blogging every evening in order to keep up.  (But I didn’t, because I was busy.)  I’ve been packing and getting ready for GCDS and trying to finish off some things before I leave.  I did find time to go swimming with Rio one evening, and yesterday we all went to the fair.  I won a fluffy penguin playing darts.  (I was playing darts, not the penguin.)  Thanks to Alex for the photo on the right.

The future of Metacity: It is fairly clear that Metacity will be replaced by its fork Mutter in the near future: Mutter is effectively Metacity 3.  Although I have some loose ends to tie up in Metacity, it doesn’t seem worth continuing hacking on Metacity 2 when the life is in the other fork.  In addition, there are over five hundred bugs open against Metacity, more than I (as the only active maintainer) can humanly deal with.  Mutter has far more contributors and the bugs will be far more easily dealt with.

CADT: However, this raises a problem.  I can’t just close the bugs because there’s a new version: that would be repeating the GNOME 2.0 mistake which jwz called “cascade of attention-deficit teenagers“.  Therefore I will have to go through several hundred bugs and decide whether they are reproducible with Mutter, and if so reassign them.  This will be a long and dreary job, and if anyone wants to help out I’d be happy to assign them a block.

Nargery: There is also a discussion about whether windows should be able to indicate to compositing managers that they are still working on drawing a window, to save the compositor diving in and drawing the existing pixmap, which may be uninitialised garbage.  Some people question whether compositor-specific hints belong in the EWMH at all, or whether they belong in some separate spec.

Meme: Someone is asking “What was your first word?” Mine was “gone.” My grandfather used to play a game with me when I was a baby. He would take an object, like a building block, and then hide it and say “Gone”.

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Thomas Thurman

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2 thoughts on “Cascade of attention-deficit teenagers”

  1. Mumble. That was not a ‘mistake’; jwz doesn’t know what he’s talking about in the context of community-driven QA. But he gave it a catchy name so everyone still talks about it, even though he’s wrong.

    Sadly, I think I’ve not directly addressed the issue in a blog post (I have in my various papers linked to from tieguy.org/talks/ ) so I can’t link to a fuller explanation right now, and I sure as hell am not going to write it.

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