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I've heard that Unity-2D will be using Compiz in 11.10 - is that correct?

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That does not make too much sense since the -2D variant is for non-3D computers. Compiz is usually used as a compositor, not as a WM. I do not see the point in using Compiz as a non-compositing WM. –  queueoverflow Sep 9 '11 at 12:57
@queueoverflow, this doesn't make any sense to me either - hence why I asked it. –  jrg Sep 9 '11 at 13:25

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According to packages dependencies, this is not true: http://packages.ubuntu.com/oneiric/unity-2d

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