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    Phoronix: Compiz 0.9 Finally Approaches, Beta Coming

    It has been a while since last talking about the Compiz compositing manager with their last v0.8 release coming some six months ago, but in fact things have remained busy and now they are finally approaching the 0.9 release in the coming months. As we reported last year and at the start of this year, Compiz Fusion is being dropped, Compiz++ came about as a rewrite of Compiz in C++ and also separated out the compositing and window management responsibilities, and then it was agreed upon that Compiz++ and NOMAD would merge into Compiz...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzQ4NA

  • #2
    does compiz have a future?? now that kde and gnome are integrating desktop effects into their window managers

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    • #3
      Originally posted by seba View Post
      does compiz have a future?? now that kde and gnome are integrating desktop effects into their window managers
      hard to think kde and gnome are going to stay a step ahead of compiz

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      • #4
        I definitely think Compiz has a future. I have used both Compiz and Kwin+compositing at some point in the recent past, and Kwin causes all my 3D apps to run at 30fps. Compiz doesn't. Overall, Compiz is more mature.

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        • #5
          Stopped using it after a while and honestly I don't miss it. Productivity wise, I can achieve the same with Kwin effects and to a lesser extent even Metacity's manager. Much less of a hassle too. May try it again in the future, but I doubt I will ever consider it again as a staple feature on any of my desktops.

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          • #6
            Compiz comes installed and enabled by default in most distros, with a few of the many available features enabled. Unless Metacity and Kwin catch up, it seems Compiz is the defacto Linux window manager for many desktops now. Support for compositing across many Linux programs has improved it seems, too, meaning there are less reasons for disabling it.

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            • #7
              Distros based on KDE4 don't use Compiz by default. KDE's window manager offers much better integration and is light-weight. I think Compiz will eventually become the least used window manager and interest in it will die out.

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              • #8
                Desktop bling ftw. Compiz' myriad of options is great for us "power-users" who like to tweak everything too

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by thefirstm View Post
                  I definitely think Compiz has a future. I have used both Compiz and Kwin+compositing at some point in the recent past, and Kwin causes all my 3D apps to run at 30fps. Compiz doesn't. Overall, Compiz is more mature.
                  KWin is progressing fast and it's getting better at a good pace. On the contrary Compiz will always lack integration... I already can see a drop in the use of Compiz. It's still good, but it will lose ground, and will probably die someday as the "once upon a time revolutionary technology XGL".

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lem79 View Post
                    Desktop bling ftw. Compiz' myriad of options is great for us "power-users" who like to tweak everything too
                    I dare you try gnome-shell.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
                      I dare you try gnome-shell.
                      Looks interesting. Might wait for GNOME 3 before diving in though..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by panda84 View Post
                        KWin is progressing fast and it's getting better at a good pace. On the contrary Compiz will always lack integration... I already can see a drop in the use of Compiz. It's still good, but it will lose ground, and will probably die someday as the "once upon a time revolutionary technology XGL".
                        I agree, I'm using KDE 4.3 and kwin while not over the top, is great and impressive in a elegant way. With the instability of the Compiz project (rants and forks), who knows how long it will continue, for now it will. Its definiately ahead right now though. But for how long?

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                        • #13
                          And what's the problem if even finally dies. The matter is the technology and the desktop way which will offer for the successors to adopt.
                          I love when a great program dies because that only means that an even greater one is born

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                          • #14
                            Let's wait and see.

                            Gnome-shell will break something else I consider to be a major possibility in Linux: You will lose the ability to use other desktop-managers with gnome, or if you do, you will lose the Gnome-Panels and everything. That's the bad side to "perfect integration".

                            What I think is one of the best things in Linux is, that you can always combine everything with everything (only think of the "small" shell programs like cat, tail, grep and all those). However, I feel gnome (and maybe KDE too) are developing into a direction that is too integrated (and it will not only stop you from using compiz the way you did up to now, but also stop you from using ANYTHING else - which means, nothing as revolutionary as compiz might be introduced as an alternative to the new gnome).

                            So finally, Gnome-Shell made me think about switching to simple Window Managers like OpenBox or similars, or just using compiz alone with some small panels and the things one might need.
                            I really liked Gnome, but I do not like the path they are taking - small things like gnome-mount (which sometimes prevents you from mounting several USB-sticks at once, and does not give out ANY information when you call it about what it has just done - or hasn't done), nautilus (which draws the desktop AND is the file-manager - reminds me of windows) or the gnome-"registry" gconf, which looks far nicer than Windows Registry, but still is something that could have been solved otherwise - those small or even bigger things are there to integrate gnome "into itself", but also cut off other programs that don't join in.

                            So, for me, let's wait and see and try out all the other options we still have! Finally, a desktop should be individual!

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