Barbie becomes a Debian developer and creates systemd

In today's open source roundup: Barbie enters the systemd fray. Plus: A Linux desktop based on Google's Material Design, and what's in Linux Mint 17.1?

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Michael Spencer on Google+ about his plan for a Material Design desktop for Linux:

Something I've been experimenting with and researching is building a desktop environment based off of Google's Material Design guidelines. I've been experimenting with several different layouts, and plan to come up with a design using ideas from Unity, GNOME, elementary, and KDE.

I plan to build it using the QtCompositor APIs, which allow building a Wayland compositor using almost pure QML. Right now this is just a normal QML app, but I plan to turn it into an actual compositor soon.

More at Google+

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A Redditor wondered why the developer wanted to build his own compositor:

I love the mocked up looks, but why are you building your own compositor? Why not use KWin like KDE/LXQT?

Surely the development of your own plasma shell that provides your design would make far more sense? Then it can be fed into the wider KDE ecosystem so others can benefit.

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What's in Linux Mint 17.1?

Linux Mint 17.1 is nearly out, and many have wondered what new goodies might be in it. PC World looks at Compiz in Linux Mint 17.1. The article also covers updates in Cinnamon 2.4, and a number of changes that cut across both desktops.

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Chris Hoffman reports on Linux Mint 17.1:

Back in the day, Compiz provided fancy graphical effects for GNOME 2 desktops. It can still do so for MATE, although many people had difficulties setting this up on Linux Mint. That’s why Linux Mint 17.1 includes easy Compiz setup.

The Windows pane in the Desktop Settings window provides a box allowing you to choose between the stable-but-potentially-boring “Marco” window manager and the fancy-but-potentially-unstable Compiz window manager. Desktop cubes, wobbly windows, and more—it’s all back.

More at PC World

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