Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Apr 2009 16:16 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the eleventh article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. After a rather long hiatus, this eleventh instalment will focus on bling, desktop effects, and compositing, and what they can contribute to the desktop experience.
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RE: ..just wondering..
by Andrey C. on Sat 4th Apr 2009 18:38 UTC in reply to "..just wondering.."
Andrey C.
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2008-04-04

There's no shared code between the two.

It's interesting to see how users who aren't into the scene as much still notice the difference between Compiz and a native WM like Kwin (and Gnome's own compositing WM once it's done). Compiz feels out of place with every DE because it runs on top and limits the underlying WM's features. Intercepting keyboard shortcuts for instance.

IMHO Compiz is an ugly hack and it won't be long until it's gone. It did bring bling to the linux desktop, so it deserves credit for that.

Edited 2009-04-04 18:39 UTC

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