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  • #16
    Originally posted by Hamish Wilson View Post
    And I highly doubt that the Fallback was under any real threat anyway, as it is not that hard to maintain, and will still be the only option for older hardware like my brother's Dell Latitude D600. Do you really think his 1.6 GHz Intel CPU is going to be capable of running the Shell? They would have better luck getting it running on his Radeon 9000 IGP first, even though it is using an older Classic Mesa driver...
    I haven't seen the code yet, but it may be. GNOME really doesn't need a lot of power for the effects it implements. Ajax first tested it in a VM *using Cirrus / VNC*, which is a lot slower than qxl / SPICE, and still found the performance acceptable; if it can run acceptably on that 'hardware' it may well run okay on even pretty old real world hardware. I guess we'll find out when it lands.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by AdamW View Post
      I haven't seen the code yet, but it may be. GNOME really doesn't need a lot of power for the effects it implements. Ajax first tested it in a VM *using Cirrus / VNC*, which is a lot slower than qxl / SPICE, and still found the performance acceptable; if it can run acceptably on that 'hardware' it may well run okay on even pretty old real world hardware. I guess we'll find out when it lands.
      What about laptops? While I like gnome-shell and my CPU/GPU combo have no problem with gnome-shell, I've found that it uses more cpu cycles and watts than fallback mode when displaying non-fullscreen video and just plain scrolling in Firefox. So for me it's fallback mode unfortunately.

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      • #18
        Gnome3/Shell and all of its proponents can go die in a fire. Like compositing it brings nothing useful and only eats more resources and time. The only things that need accelerating are my transcodes, games, playback and flash.

        The DE should be only about maximum functionality and minimum fluff but Gnome and KDE are pulling an iOS on us and doing the opposite, giving us tons of fluff and cutting back on functionality, us Mac users immune to the Reality Distortion Feild already loathe that Apple is making OS X more like iOS to the point that they are looking to axe the Pro market that they where built on just to appease a bunch of morons too stupid to use the Finder...

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Kivada View Post
          The DE should be only about maximum functionality and minimum fluff but Gnome and KDE are pulling an iOS on us...
          Actually KDE is flexible enough to adapt to needs like that. Just remove everything from default desktop including panels, put Task manager in one corner, systray in other, and there you have it - minimalistic, yet still functional desktop. Or you can even have on desktop nothing but wallpaper and run everything from KRunner and Yakuake.

          I don't have any widgets on my KDE desktop, but I have two panels containing everything I need - launchers with quite small icons, systray, weather report, network, CPU and RAM monitors. Even online radio station player is there. Don't know about GNOME 3, but 2.x can also have everything in panels. Comparing all that to iOS is just silly.

          As for the topic, software compositing is there just to ensure that GNOME 3 will be usable regardless of hardware it runs on. Currently compositing is a requirement for GNOME Shell to run at all.

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