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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
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.
4 August 2007
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.
20 June 2007 - 5 Comments
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.
14 June 2007 - 2 Comments
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.
10 April 2007
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.
5 April 2007
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.
23 March 2007
Beryl, one of the popular options for providing "eye candy" on Linux desktops, has reached version 0.2.0. Beryl 0.2.0 states that this new branch takes a huge step away from Compiz, and with Beryl 0.3 it will become even more noticeable that Beryl is taking a different direction from Compiz. In Beryl 0.2.0 are four new plug-ins, new decorations, new settings manager, and new translations. The release announcement can be found in the Beryl blog.
15 March 2007
The first (and likely only) release candidate for the Beryl 0.2 branch has been released. There are new 3D animation effects, better memory usage, and a plethora of changes in Beryl 0.2.0, which can be read about here.
2 February 2007
Beryl 0.2.0 has now reached the Beta stages. The first Beta in the Beryl 0.2.0 branch features new plug-ins as well as a completely redesigned settings manager. The second Beta out fixes a lot of source and packaging fixes. More information is available from the Beryl Project.
21 January 2007
Xfce 4.4.0 has been released! Among the many new improvements is the new Thunar file manager and major improvements to core improvements. The release announcement can be read here. A visual tour of Xfce 4.4 is also available as well as recent Phoronix screenshots.
21 January 2007
While the Xfce 4.4 release is nearing, another maintenance release has made its way to the Internet for this Xfce 4.2 branch. In Xfce 4.2.4 are several fixes in this release that address bugs for this light-weight desktop environment. More information can be found at Xfce.
16 January 2007
While Compiz 0.3.4 was release just weeks ago today is yet another new Compiz minor release. New in Compiz 0.3.6 is easier start-up, kde-window-decorator, new plug-in, and better D-BUS support. More information is available at the Compiz website.
31 December 2006
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