Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Mar 2007 19:37 UTC, submitted by Hiev
X11, Window Managers "Desktop computing technology has evolved considerably since the first graphical user interface was developed by researchers at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center in 1973. Microsoft's Aero Glass, Apple's Quartz 2D Extreme, and Sun's Project Looking Glass are all poised to transform the way that users interact with computers. Also at the forefront of innovation, the Linux community has some prodigiously impressive new user interface technologies of its own. Beryl, a new open-source window manager for Linux, features compelling visual enhancements like support for transparent windows and elaborate window animations."
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RE[2]: Good
by Doc Pain on Mon 19th Mar 2007 21:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Good"
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2006-10-08

"This project is good for the open source desktop regardless of wether you use it or not. It gives provides a set of features that are available in all of the competitors and not having this around would cause a deluge of complaints from Windows and Mac fanboys that would be far more annoying than people talking about how they like some eye candy that you don't care for."

Home users who want to buy a PC (or an OS) are usually looking at how it looks like: window manager, effects, desktop, icons, menues etc. So Beryl could be promoting Linux OSes in a very good way. The visual experience is the first one and the most impressive one. Especially live system CDs featuring Beryl along with Linux offer something you won't find in "Windows": You don't need to install anything, you can test and try out. And if you think, well, KDE is fine as it is, I don't like Beryl at all, so don't install it. But at least Beryl is very impressive as long as you have the hardware specification it needs.

"You don't have to install it (I don't have it installed) and you are free to ignore it but be glad that it exists."

I'd say the same.

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