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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OpenGL & Non-rectangular windows
by Spark on Wed 12th Nov 2003 01:20 UTC

Limited to 2D is still very limited. Is there any possibility that is will ever be able to use 3rd party 3D drivers, such as from Nvidia or ATI?

Aye! As I understand it, this compositing manager is actually an application, so you could easily replace it with one which does the compositing hardware accelerated.

X already does non-rectangular windows

But they look sucky because they aren't anti-aliased against the background. ;) This will be possible now (finally smooth rounded corners in Metacity, yay!).

I'd like to second the request for an interview about this, that would be very cool. ;)