Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2006 15:07 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
X11, Window Managers Just when you thought fancy effects on Linux desktops started to get remotely understandable, focussing on Aiglx/Xgl with Compiz, a fork of Compiz is announced: Beryl. This is the logical continuation of the popular compiz-quinnstorm branch, used by many Ubuntu users. "During this summer, and during the last few weeks, some major additions were done in compiz-quinnstorm, bringing a whole new decorator, cgwd, which was designed to be fully themable, and a new settings backend, csm, which intended to drop most of the gnome deps - there were other reasons for this, but this is not our current subject. Consequently, we reached a situation where it's quite impossible to come back." The main reason is general unwillingness to work with and unresponsiveness to the developers of the -quinnstorm branch from the official Compiz guys.
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RE[3]: Kwin and Metacity
by elsewhere on Tue 19th Sep 2006 18:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Kwin and Metacity"
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Compiz is already an essentially desktop-agnostic system. The effects and features are developed independently of the desktop integration plugins, so you don't need Beryl for this. I'm actually quite fond of the compiz plugin system and I'm wondering if this system won't be superior in the long run to the "monolithic" approach of metacity and KWin.

Absolutely agree on the last point, it would be nice to see metacity and kwin take a modular approach. Frankly I don't really see anything lacking on my desktop with quinn/cgwd vs. when I was running kwin with kcompmgr, it's just as stable and useable. I'd really like to see Gnome and KDE work with Beryl on metacity/kwin rather than re-invent it, otherwise users will be forced to choose one way or the other rather than possibly have the best of both worlds.

Edited 2006-09-19 18:11

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