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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Good stuff this
by Maynard on Wed 12th Nov 2003 05:29 UTC

People complain too much about things being eye candy, but this is more than that. Having windows cast shadows nicely and so on actually helps the computing experience. It actually reinforces the stack metapor nicely. You can tell which Window is where in the 'stack' of windows by just looking. Although transparency will probably used for eye candy, it can have good uses.

Its nice to have these capabilities in X anyway. Getting a bit behind the times. Tis will enable projects lke GNOME and KDE to concentrate on stuff besides hacks to get things to look good. Now, for those OpenGL extensions so this can be all done in 3D on the graphics card ;)