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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
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
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, 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 0.7 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
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
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
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
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.
17 September 2008 - ...And Other Features Too! - 2 Comments
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.
29 May 2008 - Update For Those Into Desktop Bling - 8 Comments
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.
3 April 2008 - Compiz Adds New Features - 2 Comments
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.
7 March 2008 - New Linux Desktop Eye Candy - 2 Comments
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.
7 February 2008 - New Compiz Features Emerge
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.
2 December 2007 - 4.4.2 == Bug Fixes + Translations - 7 Comments
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.
21 October 2007 - Compiz Through The Repository
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.
21 October 2007 - Compiz Fusion Goes Stable - 1 Comment
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.
18 October 2007 - Fixes, But Not Much More - 2 Comments
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.
1 October 2007 - Compiz Fusion 0.6.0 To Follow - 4 Comments
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.
13 August 2007
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.
13 August 2007 - 2 Comments
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