While GNOME 2.26 and KDE 4.2 have been receiving much of the attention when it comes to the Linux desktop, the Xfce developers have announced the release of version 4.6 for their desktop.
Compiz 0.8 was branched from master back in November, but only today do we now have the v0.8.0 release of Compiz. Since that point the future of Compiz was called into question and Compiz++ had emerged as a C++ rewrite of Compiz that also brings a separation of the Composite and OpenGL layers, a new plug-in design, and other changes.
With a new day comes new announcements from the Compiz development community. Earlier this week it was announced that Nomad and Compiz++ would merge back into Compiz and then yesterday it was made known that Compiz Fusion will be dropped and other changes are coming down the road for this compositing window manager. Kristian Lyngstol has today shared the release plans for Compiz 0.8.0.
Yesterday we shared that Compiz++ and Nomad would be merged back into Compiz and today there are even more announcements coming out of the Compiz camp. With Compiz not having a clear road-map, a Compiz council has been established to begin charting the future of this compositing window manager. Besides merging Compiz++ and Nomad back into the mainline Compiz code-base, this five-member council has also agreed to merge Compiz and Compiz Fusion together into a single system as well.
In late 2008 we witnessed the release of Compiz++, a rewrite of the Compiz core in C++ plus other invasive work in order to improve this compositing window manager. With Compiz++ being a branch of Compiz and various other developers working on their own branches, the future of Compiz was unclear, however, today it has been cleared up some.
Xfce 4.6 was originally supposed to be released back in 2008, but it's been slow in making it out the door. The third beta release though has been tagged and Xfce desktop developers are beginning to enter a string freeze. In Xfce 4.6 Beta 3 are many improvements, bug fixes, and language translation updates, which can be read about here. The release announcement can be read in their news section.
Rather than announcing a road-map for 2009 or sharing all of the accomplishments this year that were made within the Compiz development community, Kristian Lyngstol has shared some grave concerns for this project that brought "desktop bling" to Linux. Kristian has outlined a few areas that that he believes need to be addressed otherwise it could mean the death of Compiz. Compiz in fact is just losing developers at this point and with the different forks taking place there is much stagnation occurring within Compiz.
First there was Compiz, a compositing window manager that brought very interesting desktop effects to Linux, and then Beryl came about as a fork of Compiz before it ultimately turned into Compiz Fusion. Today though, on Christmas eve, the world can now meet Compiz++.
Compiz 0.7 was released back in February and since then we've seen a series of minor updates. Now though we may have Compiz 0.8 to look forward to in the near future.
Back in September the first alpha of Xfce 4.6 was released and since then we've already reached the second beta for this lightweight open-source desktop environment. Hopper is the codename for Xfce 4.6 Beta 2 and it incorporates a great number of bug-fixes, xfwm4 keyboard shortcuts are now reconfigurable again, session management has been improved, and it's now possible to set the desktop wallpaper through the right-click menu in the Thunar file manager.
Last month was the first alpha release for Xfce 4.6. We had provided an in-depth analysis of this Xfce 4.6 update (with screenshots) that added in a number of new improvements and other features. Today though the first beta release for Xfce 4.6 (codenamed "Fuzzy") is now available.
Last week we were greeted by the release of Compiz 0.7.8 and out today is now Compiz Fusion 0.7.8. In this update to Compiz Fusion there is improved performance, memory leak fixes, support for the new tool-tip system in GTK 2.12+, improved start-up time for the new Compiz Fusion settings manager, and plenty of other bug-fixes. The release announcement for Compiz Fusion 0.7.8 with full change-log can be found on the FusionDev mailing list.
Back in May we had the release of Compiz 0.7.6 with rewritten plug-ins and other changes to boost the vitality of this popular compositing manager. Since then all activity on the Compiz front has been relatively quiet, until this morning. Danny Baumann has announced the release of Compiz 0.7.8.
Just shy of two months since Compiz 0.7.4 was released, Compiz 0.7.6 is now available. This update has a rewritten Place plug-in to dramatically improve multi-output behavior, configurable multi-output behavior, removed plane plug-in in favor of the wall plug-in, removed cube wallpaper painting in favor of the Compiz Fusion wallpaper plug-in, panel and desktop selection mode is now available in the switcher plug-in, and improved painting behavior. There are also improvements to both the Gtk-window-decorator and KDE4-window-decorator as well as various bug-fixes. The Compiz 0.7.6 release announcement can be read on the Compiz mailing list.
Skipping a Compiz 0.7.3 release, the Open Compositing community has this morning released Compiz 0.7.4. Since Compiz 0.7.2, there is now configurable handling of overlapping output devices, enhanced focus stealing prevention, configurable/optional delay for edge actions, and unredirection of fullscreen windows. Topping off the list is a generalized vertex system to improve plug-in compatibility and optimized gaussian blur shaders. There is also updated translations and several bug-fixes. The release announcement, source download links, and the complete change-log is available off the Compiz mailing list.
Compiz 0.7.0 was released one month ago and introduced multi-display support, API improvements, a simple object system, and a KDE 4 port of the kde-window-decorator (among other changes). Today though both the Compiz and Compiz Fusion communities are announcing new versions. The biggest change in Compiz 0.7.2 is wrap-able session functions added to the Compiz core, which makes it possible to perform full session save/restores within a plug-in. This minor Compiz update also has updated translations and other bug-fixes. The Compiz 0.7.2 announcement can be read on their mailing list.
Since the October release of Compiz 0.6 (and Compiz Fusion 0.6) followed by a minor update, it's been pretty quiet on the "desktop bling" front for the past few months. Today, however, the Open Compositing team is announcing the availability of Compiz 0.7.0. Compiz 0.7 introduces a core plug-in for handling certain core APIs in a similar fashion to the plug-in APIs. In addition, Compiz now has a simple object system that presents some underlying benefits. For the Compiz user, there is now multi-display support, various fixes in stacking and handling, configurable middle and right click buttons through gtk-window-decorator, and a KDE 4 port of the kde-window-decorator. The Compiz 0.7.0 release announcement can be read on the FreeDesktop mailing list.
It's a bit late seeing as Xfce 4.4.1 was released back in April, but Xfce 4.4.2 is now available for download. Xfce 4.4.2 addresses bugs present in the Xfce 4.4 series along with updated translations. The complete Xfce 4.4.2 change-log is available on their project web-site as well as the release announcement.
In our information recapping the OpenSolaris Developer Summit we mentioned Ian Murdock's Project Indiana would be compatible with Compiz. Asked on the Indiana discussion list today though was whether Compiz would be enabled by default. The decision is that Compiz will not appear in the Project Indiana LiveCD but that it will be available through their official network repository. A Sun developer has even already created the Compiz packages for Project Indiana. The first technical preview of Project Indiana should be available later this month.
The Compiz folks have had version 0.6.0 out for three weeks (and now Compiz 0.6.2) and today the Compiz Fusion team is out with Compiz Fusion v0.6.0, which is also their first official stable release. The complete details are available in their release announcement.
While Compiz Fusion has yet to hit v0.6, the Compiz folks have just come out with a new release in the Compiz 0.6 series. Compiz 0.6.2 adds support for automatically starting one decorator per screen, stacking problem fixes, fixes for focus issues, and minor bug fixes. More information is available in the release announcement.
Danny Baumann has released Compiz 0.6.0. This new release of Compiz features better support for multiple X screens, XML-based meta-data system, improvements to the option initialization thanks to the new meta-data system, an extensible logging framework, new plug-ins, greater handling of output devices, introspection support in D-Bus, multiple modes of resize drawing, and multiple placement modes through the place plug-in.
Today marks the release of the 8.40.4 fglrx driver, which fixes a few bugs and offers some minor improvements to the AMD Catalyst Control Center. We have dubbed this the "One Bug A Day Keeps AIGLX Away" release for the driver still lacking AIGLX and still being in the old driver's maintenance cycle. You can guess the name of the next driver here (or just have some comic relief if the fglrx driver has caused you grief). The release notes for the fglrx 8.40.4 driver is available from AMD. You can join our active discussion on this driver in the Phoronix Forums.
The first development release of Compiz Fusion is now available. Compiz Fusion 0.5.2 features a variety of improvements all over the board and also includes a brand new Compiz configuration system (libcompizconfig). Compiz Fusion 0.6.0 will follow after the release of Compiz 0.6.0. Today's announcement along with source download links can be found on their mailing list.
With all of the talk lately revolving around Compiz Fusion, a new Compiz release is now out the door. Compiz v0.5.2 adds better support for multiple X screens, XML-based meta-data system, logging framework, gtk-window-decorator changes, Glib plug-in, plug-ins for plug-ins, more dynamic handling for output devices, transparency support for the cube plug-in, and introspection support for the d-bus plug-in. The complete list of changes for Compiz v0.5.2 can be read on the Compiz FreeDesktop mailing list.
We previously reported that Beryl and Compiz would be merging, but the name and some of the details were unknown. However, today we now know the name of the Beryl and Compiz merge: Compiz Fusion. Compiz Fusion marks the combined efforts of Beryl and Compiz developers, and already we have a number of new features. Compiz Fusion already sports a new zoom plug-in with select and zoom and panning. Another new feature introduced is a new CompizConfig Settings Manager. Additional information can be found on the Beryl blog.
Quinn Storm and David Reveman just presented on the future of Composite desktops at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. Among the items they are planning next for the Compiz/Beryl project are new interfaces for applications, retained rendering interfaces, incrementally replace X11, standard API, and collaboration important. No new name has yet been decided for the merged Compiz and Beryl merge, but the merger should be completed within the next few months.
For Xfce users, the first maintenance release in the Xfce 4.4 branch is now available. Primarily making up Xfce 4.4.1 is translation updates and bug fixes. The release announcement for Xfce 4.4.1 is quite short, but it can be read on the mailing list.
It's now official that Compiz and Beryl will be reuniting. Compiz will be split into Compiz-core and Compiz-extras. Compiz-extras will feature more "bleeding edge" code and new plug-ins outside of Compiz-core. The Extras division will also be known as the "Composite Community". More information is available on the Compiz Forum.
It wasn't even a year ago that Beryl had formed as a fork of Compiz, and since then Beryl has seemed to be much more in the spotlight and has been making great strides, but Quinn is now looking at merging Beryl back with Compiz. All of the details are still to be decided on this matter. The announcement can be found on the Beryl mailing-list.
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