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September 15, 2006

Animate the Desktop with Xgl and Compiz

Filed under: Linux, Software — rakeshvk @ 4:29 pm

To get Xgl working well, it is essential to harness the 3-D rendering capabilities of your graphics card and setup the plug-ins with the composite window manager, compiz This excerpt is from Chapter 3: Using SUSE Linux on Your Desktop, from the book SUSE Linux By Chris Brown PhD, published by O’Reilly Media. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Section 12: Animate the Desktop with Xgl and Compiz

Given the rapid pace of software development in the Linux world, it is inevitable that some topics that are bleeding-edge as this book goes into production will be mainstream technology by the time you get to read it. One such is the Xgl X server and the compositing window manager compiz. Together with a modern graphics card, these components (which are shipped with SUSE Linux 10.1) offer some stunning visual desktop effects comparable (dare I say this?) to the best that the Mac has to offer. These effects include transparent windows, fade-in/fade-out of windows and menus, animated window minimization, and the ability to put four desktops onto four faces of a cube and spin the cube (in 3-D) to switch desktops. The overall result is to give the desktop a more fluid, organic feel.

Tip: Of course, the command-line die-hards will consider 3-D on the desktop about as much use as a carpet in the garage. I am personally not a great fan of so-called eye-candy. But then, I don’t buy decorations for my mobile phone, download polyphonic ring-tones, or wear jewelry in my navel. I think it’s an age thing.

At the time of writing, this technology is running on only a limited number of platforms and you may have a rough ride working through this lab. Novell is planning to release this technology as a core part of SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop—the new name for NLD) in Spring 2006. If you would like to see what it can do without actually installing it, there are some demo movies at

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1 Comment »

  1. Usefull information and all is good arranged. glucometer

    Comment by Glucometer — June 8, 2007 @ 8:29 am

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