Canonical employees still maintain Compiz, still test it, still provide bug fixes (Unity till 14' at least will use Compiz, so they will care for it! Also with regard to performance.)
this is all great pr for opensuse which is due to land in just a few days time.
It's no crisis, Unity could very well be implemented without Compiz. The default Xorg compositor works fine.
But it is a crisis that Compiz ruins my Virtualbox guests when guest 3D is enabled. So I end up having to disable 3D support inside VirtualBox or use XFCE4.
I doubt 1% of the Linux population would care about nifty ways to move their windows around.
Why do I have to use compiz to implement basic functionality of Gnome Fallback? Generally, that's what I use to get Alt-Tab.
But I can't even get a stable desktop with anything gnome these days.
KDE isn't quite there either.. I can't find a theme what don't make me depressed after 30 mins. Grey on Grey shades suck.
I feel like I need cats' eye's to use it. Canonical wins! Before them Linux was a pain in the ass. And you all know that so admit it.
But hell lets all drop to a console and f/g disk our partitions. Why don't we hand-jam a EFI boot as well..
Perhaps they don't contribute to community as much as others, but they bring something a lot more important then contributions, they bring USERS.
Every single non-Ubuntu based Linux distro is made by devs for devs (or sysadmins etc). Ubuntu is far from perfect but with it's user centric aproach it brings a lot of new penguins to our little community. And don't tell me that non-Ubuntu distros are easy to use for exWindows, average computer users which have no idea what things like partitions or terminal are. They take a lot of stuff from communitym but who doesn't? Google, M$, Apple... every takes something from Linux.
I hope that Compiz will die and MIR succeed, because I'm tired of all those fuckin problems with Compiz and X in last few years.
Btw, Ubuntu is Ubuntu, it doesn't even try to be Linux (yes I know it's based on Linux kernel and Debian packages).
You can still use 0.8 from debian unstable. It's still working nicely, and very stable, but that's going to change as they'll phase it out.
But this programmer can't he start helping on KWin? He should be honoured and asked to help KWin developement.