As was mentioned previously in the Phoronix News, there were speculations AIGLX or Accelerated Indirect GL X could run atop Compiz/XGL. Rumors initially were that these were two impeding projects and would ultimately be Red Hat versus Novell competition, however, this is simply not the case. Christopher Blizzard has posted that Kristian has managed to get Compiz running on AIGLX from the Fedora Rendering Project. It did not require many modifications and more information is available on the Free Desktop mailing list.
Last month we had presented information in regards to XGL + Compiz as well as AIGLX or rather Accelerated Indirect GL X. With XGL being largely developed by Novell, and Accelerated Indirect GL X being conceived in the Fedora Rendering Project, there were initial speculations of competition between the two Linux desktop interface improvements. However, it seems as if AIGLX improvements will soon be found in XGL. Novell's David Reveman has agreed to implement a great deal of changes in the Fedora AIGLX project by Red Hat's Kristian Hodsberg. Certainly this non-partisan work is great for those who simply are looking forward to an improved Linux desktop environment.
In addition to the launch of Fedora Core 5 Test 3, Fedora has also released some information to one of their recent projects -- AIGLX or Accelerated Indirect GL X. Accelerated Indirect GL X is apart of the Fedora Rendering Project. The focus of AIGLX is to enable OpenGL-accelerated effects on a standard desktop. Fedora's AIGLX runs off a slightly modified X server, which includes a couple of additional extensions, updated Mesa package, and a version of Metacity with a composite manager. Cairo, Composite, GTK+, Metacity, OpenGL, Pango, and Luminocity are the core components to a functioning AIGLX environment. Sound familiar to Novell's Xgl? Well, here is an excerpt from the Fedora Wiki pertaining to the differences -- XGL is a different X server. This is a more incremental change which is slated to become part of Xorg. We don't believe that replacing the entire X server is the right path, and that improving it incrementally is a better way to modernize it. After talking to people at xdevconf, it felt like much of the upstream Xorg community shares this view. You can search [WWW] Adam Jackson's notes for "large work for Xgl" to get the blow-by-blow or NVidia's [WWW] presentation from XDevConf 2006 on using the existing model. Installation instructions for Fedora Core 5 Test 3 and AIGLX are also in the Wiki. We will cover more on Accelerated Indirect GL X and are looking at posting some initial Phoronix AIGLX images tomorrow.
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