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Compiz 0.9 Release Finally Approaching

Desktop

Published on 23 March 2010 09:15 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop
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More than a year ago we first talked about some of the Compiz 0.9 plans that involved merging Nomad and Compiz++ into Compiz and a host of other changes after the future of Compiz was called into question. Compiz Fusion was dropped too and Compiz++ is the C++ rewrite and also brings several other changes, such as Compiz no longer being just a compositing window manager, but the different components have been separated out.

In August it looked like a Compiz 0.9 beta was coming (this is coming after the last Compiz release was in February of 2009), but it never quite made it there. Compiz 0.9 was then planned for release by the end of 2009, but it never made it and no revised release schedule came about.

Nearly four months into 2010, it looks like the Compiz 0.9.0 unstable release may finally be set to arrive. Sam Spilsbury has written on the Compiz mailing list that a huge milestone has been hit and that's the last plug-in has been ported to the new Compiz code-base and it's now working. This last plug-in to be ported is Dbus. There's still some bugs left, but it seems to be in pretty good shape.

Now that the plug-ins have been ported over for Compiz 0.9, a release is in sight. A release announcement is already being drafted, but there still are a few TODO items left:

1. The initial stacking bug has come back again :(
2. Bug with GTK Window Decorator where reloading the decor plugin will cause it to fail
3. Windows disappearing when they change their title / size. I think this was introduced only recently, so I can probably bisect to find out what caused it and revert that commit.


Hopefully we will finally see Compiz 0.9, which marks effectively a complete rewrite of this project, in April!

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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