Overview

This page attempts to summarize the current state of compiz and friends in debian unstable, and plans for the future in order to keep debian up to date with the latest developments in the various related projects. Also, it attempts to summarize and address any current and potential problems related to compiz packaging.

For a general description of Compiz and its usage and configuration, see http://wiki.debian.org/Compiz.

The current state of Compiz - Upstream

compiz development is organized into two main groups: "core" components (hosted by compiz.org and freedesktop.org) and "community" components (hosted by compiz-fusion.org aka "Compiz Fusion").

The "core" system includes the window managing proper, core libraries and headers, and some decorators. The git repository is hosted at git://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/app/compiz/ and mirrored at git://anongit.compiz-fusion.org/compiz.

It seems like pretty much everything else (including configuration managers, new plugins, configuration backends) is hosted in various subdirectories of anongit.opencompositing.org. The full list of repositories can be found here

Current state of Compiz - Debian

Currently debian testing/unstable has compiz/compiz-fusion packages based on the stable 0.7 branch of the respective projects.

Currently the following packages are in debian/unstable:

Source Package

Status

Git Repo

notes

compiz

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/app/compiz

libcompizconfig

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/libcompizconfig.git

ccsm

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/ccsm.git

compiz-fusion-bcop

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/compiz-fusion-bcop.git

compizconfig-backend-gconf

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/compizconfig-backend-gconf.git

compizconfig-backend-kconfig

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/compizconfig-backend-kconfig.git

compizconfig-python

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/compizconfig-python.git

compiz-fusion-plugins-main

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/compiz-fusion-plugins-main.git

compiz-fusion-plugins-extra

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/compiz-fusion-plugins-extra.git

compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported

in unstable

git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/bling/compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported.git

fusion-icon

in NEW

n/a

interim package sent to unstable until source packages are reorganized (see below)

Since these packages don't really fit as a group into any existing part of the xorg hierarchy, and since they come from a different "upstream" than the rest (which are reflected with the existing hierarchy), the new packages should all be pushed into git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-xorg/desktop-bling/srcpkg.

Work left to be done

Reorganizing debian source packages

One thing that has become painfully clear is that it's not feasible to manage the numerous upstream packages as seperate debian source packages. Maintaining, upgrading, and releasing these packages is already somewhat problematic with the coordination between the compiz and compiz-fusion projects, and a constantly shifting API and ABI. Adding to that the overhead in debian of needing to manually update 6-12 source packages and it becomes a nightmare.

Therefore, the following reorganization is proposed:

Here is the proposed layout Note this will probably change:

Debian Source Package

Upstream Source Packages

compiz

compiz, fusion/misc/compiz-manager

compizconfig

fusion/libcompizconfig, fusion/libraries/bcop

compizconfig-backends

fusion/compizconfig/compizconfig-backend-gconf, fusion/compizconfig/compizconfig-backend-kconf, fusion/compizconfig/compizconfig-python

compiz-fusion-plugins

fusion/plugins-main, fusion/plugins-extra, fusion/plugins-unsupported

compiz-fusion-apps

fusion/compizconfig/ccsm, fusion-icon, fusion/compizconfig/simple-ccsm (if packaged)

Open Questions / Issues

Remaining unpackaged software