so zack is leaving tonight. it was really enjoyable to have him around for a couple of weeks. yesterday we drove out to banff, which is a small alpine town nestled in the center of a national park reserve. it was a bit chilly (though i'm sure zack would label it as simply "too cold" ;) but enjoyable. we ate in the nearby town of canmore at a vegetarian restaurant. it was the first time he'd been in the rocky mountains, so that was a nice way to cap off the visit.
i wrote in a recent blog entry about novell taking glx development internally. there have been a few updates since then.
dan kegel brought it up on the desktop architect's list and nat replied that they are planning to release the code in february at xdevconf. when asked if this was going to be simply a code dump, nat said, "Total merge, long term useful. One tree to rule them all, etc." we'll see when february rolls around, but i'm hopeful. i think most of nat's rationalizations for the situation were weak and i still believe it was a non-optimal move on their part. let's hope things can come back together because we're all (novell included) best served by that.
but meanwhile the non-novell developers have not been able or willing to sit still waiting for a future event. as zack noted in a recent blog entry a bunch of xgl code has been committed to the official x.org tree by these people.
this means we officially have a fork between the code bases. i was hoping this would be avoided, but given the circumstances it was highly probable. how this pans out will have to wait for february and beyond. hopefully the two trees will eventually become one, be developed openly in the x.org repository and bring our scarce graphics development resources back together again.
happy new year everyone!