Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2006 15:07 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
X11, Window Managers Just when you thought fancy effects on Linux desktops started to get remotely understandable, focussing on Aiglx/Xgl with Compiz, a fork of Compiz is announced: Beryl. This is the logical continuation of the popular compiz-quinnstorm branch, used by many Ubuntu users. "During this summer, and during the last few weeks, some major additions were done in compiz-quinnstorm, bringing a whole new decorator, cgwd, which was designed to be fully themable, and a new settings backend, csm, which intended to drop most of the gnome deps - there were other reasons for this, but this is not our current subject. Consequently, we reached a situation where it's quite impossible to come back." The main reason is general unwillingness to work with and unresponsiveness to the developers of the -quinnstorm branch from the official Compiz guys.
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Good for desktop
by siki_miki on Tue 19th Sep 2006 20:47 UTC
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Well this is good. It seemed like original compiz authors (David Reveman and Novell) didn't have much patience to work on this as they tend to focus on tech stuff. They didn't create a huge community either. This should be handled by (younger?) people with some artistic skills and then it will result with a good plugin API and ultimately with extreme eye candy and new user experience.

Small OT (a question): I can't remember a name of the kernel patch I recently read about somewhere. It is supposed to speed up boot process by sequentially ordering data on the disk, read during the system init (patch also has some hooks into kernel ext3 driver for example). Can anyone remind me, please?

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