Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Apr 2009 16:16 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the eleventh article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. After a rather long hiatus, this eleventh instalment will focus on bling, desktop effects, and compositing, and what they can contribute to the desktop experience.
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..just wondering..
by mtzmtulivu on Sat 4th Apr 2009 17:42 UTC
mtzmtulivu
Member since:
2006-11-14

is there any code sharing btw kwin and compiz?

i am glad kwin uses its own composite effects.Compiz feels and behave like gnome app and it is annoying to use it with kde.

kwin(in kde k.2) has almost all compiz effect and it seems to be more efficient than compiz

anybody here who use kde 4.2 prefer compiz over kwin? why?

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RE: ..just wondering..
by Andrey C. on Sat 4th Apr 2009 18:38 in reply to "..just wondering.."
Andrey C. Member since:
2008-04-04

There's no shared code between the two.

It's interesting to see how users who aren't into the scene as much still notice the difference between Compiz and a native WM like Kwin (and Gnome's own compositing WM once it's done). Compiz feels out of place with every DE because it runs on top and limits the underlying WM's features. Intercepting keyboard shortcuts for instance.

IMHO Compiz is an ugly hack and it won't be long until it's gone. It did bring bling to the linux desktop, so it deserves credit for that.

Edited 2009-04-04 18:39 UTC

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RE[2]: ..just wondering..
by sbergman27 on Sat 4th Apr 2009 18:48 in reply to "RE: ..just wondering.."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

It's interesting to see how users who aren't into the scene as much still notice the difference between Compiz and a native WM like Kwin (and Gnome's own compositing WM once it's done). Compiz feels out of place with every DE because it runs on top and limits the underlying WM's features.

What are you talking about? Compiz *is* the native window manager when desktop effects are turned on. Metacity isn't even running. I'm not a big fan of compositing. But there is nothing "out of place" about compiz in Gnome.

Edited 2009-04-04 18:49 UTC

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RE: ..just wondering..
by sj87 on Sat 4th Apr 2009 19:26 in reply to "..just wondering.."
sj87 Member since:
2007-12-16

anybody here who use kde 4.2 prefer compiz over kwin? why?

I prefer KWin over Compiz because I use KDE. KWin's shadows are very slow and blur usually screws up everything, whilst Compiz is very fast and has a bunch of unique features I used on a daily basis back in my GNOME days.

I also noticed a couple of weeks ago how Compiz 0.8 series is very much faster than the previous 0.6/0.7 were.

But I am an idealist in the way I don't want to mix Qt and GTK apps, Firefox being the only exception in that matter.

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