Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2006 18:37 UTC, submitted by Fusion
X11, Window Managers "Novell is announcing its contribution of the Xgl graphics subsystem and the 'Compiz' compositing manager to the project. These enhancements open up a whole world of hardware acceleration, fancy animation, separating hardware resolution from software resolution, and more. As a result, Linux desktops will become more usable, end-user productivity will increase, and Linux is firmly positioned at the forefront of client computing technology." Videos and screenshots are included in the press release. And on a related note, Dan Winship of Novell has explained on gnome-desktop-devel why Novell worked on all this behind closed doors-- and this also applies to the striking similarity between Novell's mockups from December and Nat Friedman's videos. The changes made to GNOME will all be released back.
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The world outside of Novel
by Hamman on Tue 7th Feb 2006 20:17 UTC
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I don't really see a problem with Novell developing this software indoors, as they have chosen to make it modular. Thus KDE, E17, XFCE etc can develop and add their own plugins, and these effects or features can then be used by all WMs, which is very cool. This development didn't hurt anyone, as Novel knew that should they make XGL incompatible with other DE's or distros, the community wouldn't adopt it. What it did is benefited the entire community. I mean, this project was practically dead six months ago, and now it's actually working! Might not be complete yet, but it's not too far.
It seems that Linux will be able to keep up with Vista and OSX in the graphics department, something that seemed unlikely not long ago.
I say more power to Novel for putting this technology at our disposal!

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