Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:43 UTC, submitted by John
X11, Window Managers The new X Server developed under the sponsorship of is aiming at replacing XFree86. Some code will be re-used but the core will be rewritten by Keith Packard and others. The new X server features full support for transparency, and has window-level image compositing among other things. Check out the screenshots (one more added, now there are four shots).
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Very Cool Drop Shadows
by DCMonkey on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:57 UTC

You may think drop shadows like that are just useless eyecandy, but I have a number of users around here that don't seem to see/get the overlapping window concept. They learned computers with DOS or always keep everything maximized. Depth seperation of windows like in those screenshots (and on MacOS X, and someday on Longhorn I'm sure) goes a long way to visually reinforce the metaphor.

And it looks neat ;)