Linked by David Adams on Mon 13th Dec 2004 17:06 UTC, submitted by Benedikt Meurer
Xfce The Xfce project finally finished the second release candidate for the upcoming Xfce Desktop Environment 4.2. This second release candidate is expected to be the last release candidate before the final release, which is planned to happen in about 2 or 3 weeks. This RC2 includes several bugfixes, esp. the window manager has seen quite a few important fixes, and it is the first release in the 4.2 branch that builds and runs on Solaris out of the box. As usual, prebuilt packages for several plattforms are already available (as a highlight: Debian/amd64 packages) and the graphical installers have been update to 4.2RC2. Please check the Xfce website for further details.
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RE:Performance
by Dogacan Guney on Tue 14th Dec 2004 08:22 UTC

What graphics card do you have? The new "shiny" features in Xorg 6.8.x series, make heavy use of the RENDER extension(for alpha stuff, especially). XAA(X acceleration architecture) is not any good for RENDER and as far as I know, *only* NVIDIA provides hardware-accelerated RENDER(by writing their own acceleration architecture). In all other cards, RENDER has to be done in software, which makes it painfully slow.

The good freedesktop.org people are also working on this, i guess the goal is to write a new acceleration architecture(like glitz) which uses opengl, so any card that has DRI will give you translucency and others fast.

For now, you will probably want to start XFCE with --disable-composite(or something like that), which will probably set things right.