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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Translucency. Drivers.
by MarkWPiper on Tue 11th Nov 2003 22:12 UTC

First, the issue of drivers. The Xserver is based on the excellent, although narrowly focused, kdrive. IIRC, you get VESA or framebuffer, but nothing more (no 3D, etc...)

Second, all these people asking "Why translucency?" Even if you do not personally want transparent windows (and I agree), COMPOSITING, the technique making this all possible, is extremely useful to the developer. It means easier creation of better looking applications. Done well, it allows flicker free, and accelerated graphics, easily. Transparency also opens a range of new effects available to communicate information to the user. We think it to be useless, because right now, we don't have that information available to us.

No, I wouldn't plan on using transparency on every window, but compositing has many other uses.