Why would any Gnome deve be involved with Weston when they don't even plan to use Weston at all?
Because that's how Gnome roll. Having e.g. input method support, CSD, HiDPI and CM upstreamed at Weston gives you advantages. Your wayland porting keeps being teastable. You wont end bending the intention of the Wayland protocol. You will end up defining APIs used for the next decade. Doing hacks to make stuff work with wayland and then show it on youtube is not progress. Doing the tedious work on Weston and then use it on your own compositor is the real deal.
that's not even the point. the reason osx "looks completely different from OS 9" has nothing to do with architecture. MS can make Windows looks exactly like OS X by only changing some themes and gradients and retrofitting a dock. Even though the architecture would be completely different. You already have some distros that mimic Windows to a great degree.
X11 and Wayland aren't operating systems, so the comparison is invalid anyway.
AFAIK X11 was almost an operating system by itself. It had a print service, an entire set of widgets, antiquated APIs, it handled fonts through XFS, networking, so, it is something very close to an actual operating system. Wayland, on the other hand, will use Linux services, so the comparison is entirely valid.
Not really. Gnome usually has severe NIH syndrome. According to your references apparently only Alexander Larsson does not suffer from that.
So this is how Awesomeness rolls. First you state Gnome suffers from NIH syndrome(no references), then you lack the ability to do your own research. Let me help you. Here is another Gnome developer doing CM. Did he do NIH and started to bend intenisons of the protocol or did he went to Weston and offered code for review? http://lists.freedesktop.org/archive...il/008441.html
While I may understand why your statement may be true to some extent, I'd like to point out the fact that it's Mac OS X which led to get in touch with Linux, and, as a subsequent move after Apple's departure from PPC architecture, made me try and adopt Linux as my one and only OS of choice. Concerning nowadays OS X, however, I totally agree when it comes to the politics of closure and total control that Mac users encounter now.