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  Switching Back to Desktop Linux
Subject:   Switch back and get a better accelerated desktop.
Date:   2006-06-03 17:29:55
From:   chromatic
Response to: Switch back and get a better accelerated desktop.

I've seen the wobbly window videos, but I've never used Xgl. What does it do to improve your productivity?
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  • Switch back and get a better accelerated desktop.
    2006-06-05 07:45:19  fak3r.com [View]

    I was amazed at what XGL/compwiz could do with a 3 year old video card, truely the effects were on par, and in some cases BEYOND what you can do on OS X -- does this really matter? It matters when everyone who bashes Linux do so by stating that OS X 'looks' better, it does in some cases, and in others does not when compared with XGL stuff. The 'wobbly' windows are just more fun, or just more natural to use. Think about moving a piece of paper across your desk, it's not rigid; it bends when you move it - so does the windows in XGL. Sounds like a tiny thing, but I find it much more...I don't know, fun to use, and when I go to other UIs it feels just stiff and unreal in comparision.
  • Switch back and get a better accelerated desktop.
    2006-06-04 13:45:42  PatrickGemmell [View]

    Personally I find Xgl + Compiz make it intuitive and quick to work with multiple applications and windows that are spread across virtual desktops. In addition, an aggregation of all the useful features of windowing managers on other operating systems are in there e.g. a show all windows (like 10.3+) and a alt-tab with preview (like Vista).

    Because the system is extensible I expect that over time talented developers will create additional useful functionality in a process analogous to that which has made Firefox a superior browser.
  • Switch back and get a better accelerated desktop.
    2006-06-04 10:01:58  migueldeicaza [View]

    Xgl enables a few features that have been available on X but not supported, like the alpha-channel visuals which are only now being used by applications. These features fall in the "enabler" category. On top of these enabling features you might have seen a number of vute visual effects, candy, but what is most important is that these features are now available for application developers.

    X is no longer to be your bitmap-based, raster-operation grand father operating system. It is a modern windowing system that happens to run all of your old applications as well.

    Visually, Xgl will also render all the exposed regions of applications. If an application is not responding fast enough (or not responding at all) it does not miss-paint the screen. Applications that do not respond for a while are grayed out. Then there are all the other visual effects that you have learned to appreciate (like shadows, alpha blended menus).

    Learning wise, the cube is a virtual-desktop that people can understand because they can visualize where their applications are (as opposed to "why did everything go away?").

    And finally, the zoom-anywhere-at-a-click I find very useful.

    Miguel