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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RE[2]: Enterprise desktop?
by siki_miki on Thu 9th Feb 2006 15:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Enterprise desktop?"
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It wasn't possible because software just wasn't there (hardware WAS, almost 5 years ago). Linux 3D drivers (very bad except Nvidia in recent years), lack of needed OpenGL extensions for speedup, Xfree86 is good to have all that finally behind.

Xgl is just about to go mainstream, with great push from Novell which endorsed it (a very wise choice IMO). They do it primarily because of Vista and to kill off Sun's and RedHat's initiatives.

Luminocity is now certainly dead, while Looking Glass will remain a niche experimental GUI. Eventually Gnome and KDE will pick up some good stuff from LG and slowly advance to hybrid 2D-3D desktop with ability to behave (configurably) in both ways.

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