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Any information you may see on 8.42 this time is from Phoronix. However, the bulk of the information you will find right now was exposed by some idiot that illegally accessed it at Phoronix. On the driver launch day you will find a full review and other information at Phoronix.com.
That's like walking naked in public and telling people it is illegal for them to look.
(Although he was an idiot to digg it, he should've just informed you that anyone can see )
Therefore, it is necessary to activate the plugings manually, e.g. using gconf (gconf-editor). To do so follow these instructions: http://bgoglin.livejournal.com/11253.html, be sure to get the order of the plugins right.
After that, start compiz from the command line using the usual
That should do it. It worked for me using a Radeon 350(Radeon 9800 Pro) and the 8.42.3 fglrx driver. Activating the plugins got rid of the problem of missing window decorations after starting compiz and the error messages
GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap is not available with direct rendering.
compiz.real (core) - Fatal: GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap is missing
Make sure you have compiz-kde or compiz-gnome installed, they do the actual decorating of the windows.