Linked by John Mills on Tue 13th Feb 2007 21:49 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu Technical Board has made two technical decisions of which we would like to inform the Ubuntu community. Both of these decisions concern the upcoming 7.04 release of Ubuntu, scheduled for mid-April." Ubuntu 7.04 will not activate binary video drivers by default, essentially meaning nothing will change from the previous releases. The second change is a major blow to the PowerPC architecture and thus owners of Apple PPC hardware: "The PowerPC edition of Ubuntu will be reclassified as unofficial. The PowerPC software itself and supporting infrastructure will continue to be available, and supported by a community team." Translation: Ubuntu PPC can shake hands with the dodo.
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RE[3]: The quest for bling
by aent on Wed 14th Feb 2007 06:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The quest for bling"
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2006-01-25

There are also pure technical advantages. In programs that don't double buffer very well, a compositing window manager "fixed" that problem as the layer is moved on top of the other layer, and the area that would have been previously damaged is now part of the underlying layer. With a compositing manager, people who said performance of moving windows around sucked because of the tearing in the background if you had Firefox there will see a huge improvement. It also helps to offset the load from the CPU onto the GPU, and that has a noticable positive effect on my battery life and speed of my laptop (moving a window around previously would cause the CPU to scale up, thanks to it being on the GPU, it no longer does).
In addition, there really is a lot more polish on the Linux desktop when you're using a compositing manager. Instead of the stupid black bars when minimizing a window, the window actually is minimized, and instead of 20 of the same icons with the title when you have it highlighted, you can see the contents of the window as the icon (with the other icon there as well) and ALSO see where the window is when its selected, a HUGE gain for usability.

Also, for accessibility, the gnome-mag based magnifier feels a LOT better and more natural then the previous pixmap based solution. Other accessibility improvements have also been made possible thanks to the use of compositing. Other then the fact that some drivers have shit 3D support in Linux right now, what are the real disadvantages of going to a 3D composited desktop? If they become used for the basic desktop instead of just 3D rendering and games, then they're going to become a lot better faster, and for the hardware that can't support it (which my geforce 2 go can, and thats pretty old, so we're talking about real ancient hardware here), there still is the option of disabling compositing that would work on everyone's computer (with many usability improvements disabled)

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