Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Feb 2006 12:22 UTC, submitted by Rahul
X11, Window Managers Updated: Fedora was right in the middle of announcing all this properly, so here is the updated item containing the official names. Videos included, as well as the inevitable 'Why not Xgl?'. "AIGLX is a project that aims to enable GL-accelerated effects on a standard desktop. We have a lightly modified X server (that includes a couple of extensions), an updated Mesa package that adds some new protocol support and a version of metacity with a composite manager. The end result is that you can use GL effects on your desktop with very few changes, the ability to turn it on and off at will, and you don't have to replace your X server in the process." This is part of Fedora's Rendering Project, and instructions on how to install all this are available too.
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by Sheld on Mon 20th Feb 2006 17:09 UTC
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I don't think that there is duplication of effort here. Both projects have pros and cons.

XGL seems to be a better short term solution, it works with existing drivers (including proprietary, binary-only nvidia and ati), and supports must-have extensions like XVideo and accelerated OpenGL.

Architecturaly AIGLX might be better, but only time will tell if this outweighs its current lag in other areas.

Also, Novell seems to have won the backing of NVidia, which is a clear advantage not to be ignored.

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RE: Competition
by hohlraum on Mon 20th Feb 2006 21:38 in reply to "Competition"
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What are you talking about XGL is a better short term solution. You think that 3d rending is going some where? Anything involving any kind of 2D rendering _anywhere_ on the desktop is a short term solution. If that isn't obvious to you I think you need to look at OSX and Vista who are the competition.

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RE[2]: Competition
by Sheld on Mon 20th Feb 2006 21:57 in reply to "RE: Competition"
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You misread me.

Yes, XGL is a better short term solution to get 3D on the Linux desktop. I think it's quite obvious that XGL will bring a fully functional 3D desktop to Linux sooner than AIGLX. Which doesn't mean that in the longer term AIGLX won't be a better solution.

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