Ubuntu Unity moving from Mutter to Compiz
X is 25 years old this year and is quite a beast.
Back in the 1980′s an MIT computer scientist named Bob Scheifler blazed forth with this new windowing system. X was an improvement on the W graphical system on the V operating system. But now X is like that old server you haven’t upgraded in quite awhile or rebooted in forever and a day. It’s just too big, too important, and maybe too much of a headache to deal with, so you just put it off.
The biggest reasons seem to be stability and performance utilizing some features of OpenGL. It’s about time someone takes the big leap and wrangles the X monster.
Quirks and Limitations
And really, I just hate GNOME panel. It’s not that GNOME is that bad. But GTK sucks compared to QT, and that’s probably why KDE is better. If you were to start from scratch right now, designing GNOME, KDE, XFCE, etc., all without Xorg’s quirks and limitations, would it come out the same? I don’t think so.
Take a look at this hands on with pictures of the new desktop.
Try it out for yourself!