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OpenBox 3.5.0 Window Manager Released

OpenBox, the window manager originally derived from Blackbox and is used by the LXDE desktop environment and other niche configurations, has just reached its version 3.5 milestone release.

2 August 2011 - New Work - Add A Comment
Compiz 0.9.5 Has Arrived

Sam Spilsbury has just tagged Compiz 0.9.5 for release as the latest development milestone for this compositing window manager.

13 July 2011 - New Release - 9 Comments
Xfce 4.8 Is A Step Closer To Release

It was barely a month ago that the first development snapshot of Xfce 4.8 arrived, but being released this Sunday is the second preview release of the forthcoming Xfce 4.8 desktop, expected to go gold in January.

5 December 2010 - Xfce 4.8pre2 Is Here - 2 Comments
The First Pre-Release Of Xfce 4.8 Has Arrived

While the GNOME developers are busy at work on GNOME 3.0 and the KDE developers are busy working on KDE SC 4.6 and changes that may lead to KDE5, the Xfce desktop environment is still out there and being developed.

8 November 2010 - New Features! - 21 Comments
Here's Compiz 0.9.2; Should Be Ready For General Use

Sam Spilsbury has just announced the release of Compiz 0.9.2 as the successor to Compiz 0.9.0, which was released in July of this year. We knew that Compiz 0.9.2 was on the way and that it would offer many improvements from new animations to plug-ins that would make you feel as though you are drunk or tripping by simulating hallucinogenic effects. Yes, really, but at least there's also useful changes like plug-ins for loading GLSL shaders for windows and GLSL shaders to be applied to an entire screen through an OpenGL Frame Buffer-Object.

24 October 2010 - Compiz 0.9.2 Released - 4 Comments
Compiz 0.9.2 Is Coming With Many New Changes

KDE's KWin developers haven't been the only ones busy, but those working on Compiz have been active too and are currently preparing for the Compiz 0.9.2 release, which will succeed the belated Compiz 0.9 release that occurred back in July.

12 September 2010 - New Features, Fixes - 7 Comments
A Common Compositing Window Manager Specification

Martin Gräßlin, one of the KDE developers that works on the KWin window manager, when not working towards OpenGL 3.0 support for KWin in KDE SC 4.7 has been writing a draft specification for what he proposes as a unified specification for compositing window managers. Martin hopes for this to become a FreeDesktop.org specification and that KWin/Plasma, Compiz, and other compositing window managers would implement this common specification.

15 August 2010 - KWin & Compiz To Play Along? - 12 Comments
GLX-Dock 2.2 Enters Beta With Greater Usefulness

The first beta release of GLX-Dock 2.2 is now available for those looking to add a Mac OS X-like dock to their Linux desktop. The GLX-Dock 2.2 release is focusing upon improving four core areas of this open-source application dock: being unobtrusive yet useful and simple while also introducing a new panel view.

29 July 2010 - 4 Points To It - 9 Comments
Compiz 0.9.2 Is On The Way

One of the Compiz developers has updated his blog about the ongoing work towards the Compiz 0.9.2 release now that Compiz 0.9 was finally released earlier this month.

25 July 2010 - Being Coded - 9 Comments
Oh Wow, Compiz 0.9.0 Finally Released!

For those not preoccupied by any Independence Day celebrations in the United States, the long overdue release of Compiz 0.9 is out and ready for testing! Compiz 0.9 represents a major rewrite and overhaul of this compositing manager.

4 July 2010 - New Compiz Release! - 34 Comments
Help Out Compiz By Testing Their 0.9 Version

Back in March we reported that the release of Compiz 0.9 was finally approaching. The Compiz 0.9.x branch is still developing, but now there is a call-out for testing of this newest compositing manager code by the community.

16 May 2010 - Call For Testing - 16 Comments
Compiz 0.9 Release Finally Approaching

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.

23 March 2010 - Coming Soon - 13 Comments
Compiz Now Supports KDE 4.4 SC

While Compiz 0.9 failed to make it out by Christmas and there still are no signs of an imminent release for this popular compositing manager, when it is released it will offer support for the KDE 4.4 Software Compilation. Committed to the Compiz Git code-base last night were KDE4 window decorator changes to make it compatible with this just-released desktop environment update that incorporates six months worth of work from the KDE development community.

13 February 2010 - In Git Code - 30 Comments
Will Compiz 0.9 Be Released By Next Week?

It's been a while since last talking about the Compiz project as they simply haven't had any new releases or major developments in a while. Early this year the developers did announce that Nomad and Compiz++ would merge into Compiz and that Compiz Fusion would be dropped and other changes planned. In late August Compiz 0.9 went into beta, which carried some of this work, but since then there haven't been any new snapshots of this next major Compiz release.

18 December 2009 - Maybe... - 12 Comments
Compiz 0.8.4 Released With New Plug-Ins, Etc

Compiz 0.9 still isn't out yet (though it should be coming soon) with its Nomad and Compiz++ integration and Compiz Fusion dropping, but in the meantime Compiz 0.8.4 has been pushed out this afternoon.

14 October 2009 - But Not As Good As Compiz 0.8.4 - 4 Comments
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. Well, most of this work is nearing completion and soon the first Compiz 0.9 Beta will be available.

27 August 2009 - With Compiz++ & NOMAD - 13 Comments
Xfce 4.6.1 Released

For those that missed it, Xfce 4.6.1 was released this week. It features a series of bug-fixes and minor improvements atop the recently released Xfce 4.6.0 code-base. The announcement regarding Xfce 4.6.1 can be read here.

21 April 2009 - New Xfce Release - Add A Comment
Xfce 4.6 Desktop Environment Released

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.

26 February 2009 - It's Finally Out! - 9 Comments
Compiz 0.8.0 Has Been Released, Finally

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.

20 February 2009 - New Compiz Changes Coming - 5 Comments
Compiz 0.8.0 To Be Released In About A Week

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.

5 February 2009 - More News From Compiz Today - Add A Comment
Compiz Fusion To Be Dropped, Other Changes Planned

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.

4 February 2009 - Compiz Has Its Own Council - 18 Comments
Nomad & Compiz++ To Merge Back Into Compiz

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.

3 February 2009 - Following Compiz 0.8 Release - Add A Comment
Xfce 4.6 Beta 3 Released

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.

16 January 2009 - Xfce 4.6 Finally Gets Closer - 1 Comment
The Future of Compiz In Question

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.

31 December 2008 - Concerns Arise Within Community - 76 Comments
First There Was Compiz, Now There Is 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++.

24 December 2008 - Compiz++ Brings Many Changes - 19 Comments
Compiz 0.8 Has Been Branched

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.

23 November 2008 - New Stable Release Eventually - 5 Comments
Xfce 4.6 Beta 2 Released

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.

15 November 2008 - New Work On This Lightweight Desktop - Add A Comment
Xfce 4.6 Beta 1 Released

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.

15 October 2008 - New Desktop Improvements For Xfce - Add A Comment
Compiz Fusion 0.7.8 Released

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.

23 September 2008 - More Fun With Linux Desktop Bling - Add A Comment

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