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 freedesktop.org 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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Keithp
by Reformist on Tue 11th Nov 2003 23:48 UTC

Reading over Keith Packard's resume, I must say I don't like the layout, but the amount of experience he has with X is disgusting. He is certaintly qualified to lead any display server movement on the Linux desktop (or whatever desktops X will run on, for that matter) as both a technical lead and an organizer of others.

On a side note, people need to think less about compositing as making useless translucent menus, and more as providing window drawing capabilities that we've been missing for so long. Consequently, we have no app features that use them. One example usage that springs to my mind is the very useful translucent nonrectangular-shaped "tooltip/popup" that appears when you get an email or meeting request, or whatever in MS Outlook. I found this very useful when developing this summer (which had to be on a windows platform), because you could code or continue doing whatever you were doing while the email notification would popup in the lower right-hand corner, which would fade after a few seconds (unless you deemed it important enough to click on it). Very useful.

Keithp's demos are technical demos; they do not showcase practical usages of the rendering capabilities. Talk to application developers and then determine if you think the technology is "useful," which it isn't only if we feel we need to keep the display server in the stone age.