Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2008 23:32 UTC, submitted by irbis
Gnome GNOME 2.22 isn't officially released yet, but here's a first look already. "Every six months, the GNOME team prepares a new and revolutionary release of the ever popular GNOME desktop environment. Today, we are proud to introduce you to the latest and greatest features of an 100% FREE and open source desktop. Whether you are on a Solaris machine or the latest Ubuntu distribution, GNOME is there and with every new release it makes your life... Simply Beautiful! Let's have a look at the new features of GNOME 2.22."
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RE: New Features?
by sj87 on Wed 12th Mar 2008 17:08 UTC in reply to "New Features?"
sj87
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2007-12-16

2. Compositing in the desktop WM is the way to go. Spot on. I can't see Compiz surviving in the long-term.


Actually not. I suppose that GNOME's composition will be, like in XFCE, software accelerated ie. slow as hell. Compiz-like effects can't be achieved without hardware acceleration. Even Avant Window Navigator is very slow and laggy with my Athlon XP 2800+ when using XFCE's own compositioning and not Compiz Fusion. Translucent windows and live thumbnail previews may work just fine but that's about it.

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RE[2]: New Features?
by miscz on Wed 12th Mar 2008 17:42 in reply to "RE: New Features?"
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2005-07-17

Gnome composite manager is hardware accelerated. The main purpose is not to bring bling but to enable other applications to work in composited environment - AWN, real transparency in Gnome Terminal etc. It works well, I haven't noticed any slowdowns in comparison with Compiz. Minimizing apps looks rather weird but that's not much of a problem.
There's one single killer feature of this approach. Metacity window managing actually works, unlike Compiz which still has many focus issues and many basic features are just broken.

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