Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Sep 2007 14:34 UTC, submitted by luna6
X11, Window Managers "For the next round of Linux Releases (Ubuntu Gutsy, Fedora 8, OpenSuse 10.3, Mandriva 2008, etc.) Compiz Fusion should be installed by default in those releases and with the release date looming not far ahead the time is ripe to give you a preview of what to expect from the latest Compiz Fusion."
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Why the eye candy?
by Armeck on Wed 12th Sep 2007 21:06 UTC
Armeck
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2005-12-17

Why paint teh walls of your office a pleasing color, why not leave them gray? Certainly doesn't make you more productive. Why put a plant in the corner? Does it somehow make you type better? Why do we wash our cars? Put on nice clothes? Fix our hair? Because it helps our state of mind and that helps us work better. It creates an environment that allows us to feel good about the task at hand. I spend a LOT of time in front of a monitor and at times feel that I work *inside* the computer, as if that is actually my work space. If things like this make my workspace more enjoyable to inhabit - then it is worth it.

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RE: Why the eye candy?
by tech10171968 on Thu 13th Sep 2007 02:52 in reply to "Why the eye candy?"
tech10171968 Member since:
2007-05-22

I, too, am usually a bit put off by all the complainers carping about "productivity". I've been to their website, installed and configured the app; but nowhere did I ever see any Compiz/Beryl crew claiming this was some sort of application for business or production of any type. When you consider this you have to wonder why the complaints are even warranted (besides, OS X is reknowned for its stellar GUI, but you never hear anyone complaining about it, do you?).

It seems to me that Compiz, Beryl, Metisse, et al., are nothing more than "eye-candy" demonstration platforms created to illustrate the capabilities of Linux. Nothing more. No one ever claimed that these apps were going to cause a revolution, or change the world, so can we stop with the "sour grapes" attitude already?

Incidentally, I usually hear these dismissals coming mostly from Windows adherents. My theory: Mr. Vista just dropped a large sum of money on his shiny new OS (and another princely sum for a machine with enough horsepower to run it). He's probably been thinking he's the "cat's meow" until he spys someone else running a completely free (as in beer AND speech) OS on hardware with (sometimes) much lower specs - and not only is this lesser machine and "lesser" OS capable of the very same GUI effects, but it can do things Vista can't even touch right now. Our Vista user is probably feeling a little ripped off right now, so he starts bashing the competition and talking about "productivity" and "but I can run more apps!".

Maybe I'm off-base here, but at first blush this impression I've been getting.

Edited 2007-09-13 02:54 UTC

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