Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Mar 2010 23:35 UTC, submitted by Extend
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Canonical has announced the availability of the first Ubuntu 10.04 beta release. The new version of Ubuntu, codenamed Lucid Lynx, is scheduled to arrive in April. It will be a long-term support release, which means that updates will be available for three years on the desktop and five years on servers. Although the Ubuntu developers have largely focused on boosting stability for this release, they have also added a number of noteworthy new features and applications. One of the most visible changes is the introduction of a new theme - a change that is part of a broader rebranding initiative that aims to update Ubuntu's visual identity." It might just be me, but I find the new theme ghastly. Compare this to this (my desktop). Oh, and Metacity - I can has anti-aliasing?
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RE[2]: Metacity
by SlackerJack on Mon 22nd Mar 2010 18:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Metacity"
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Metacity and Compiz are separate window managers. Compiz supports metacity theming that's all.

You cannot do anti-aliasing without composting. Instead you have to do a step effect around the corners to try and make it look rounded. We have to do two versions of the background and panels with Plasma themes(opaque) because there is no alpha when desktop effects is turned off.

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RE[3]: Metacity
by boldingd on Mon 22nd Mar 2010 19:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Metacity"
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Well, to nit-pick, technically you could write a desktop manager that would do anti-aliasing in software, it'd just be painfully, hurtfully slow.

But yes, you're right: compiz and metacity are different things; compiz replaces metacity; and, practically speaking, anti-aliasing requires compositing support.

The real complaint here, I think, is, "why isn't composting ubiquitous and automatic in X yet"? To which, the best answer is, "it's coming, slowly but surely."

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