XGL and compiz 1

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The Begining

First Look

Showing It Off

Not Perfect

The Future Indeed


First Look:

It's clean, brown and white mostly, but surprisingly simple. I fired up FireFox and poked around in other places. It's Linux, for sure, with a terminal window never far away, but it's also modern and rather refined. Overall, with the default setup, it’s surprisingly well done. But, I'm not here to look at a clean desktop. Let’s get to XGL!

Finding this guide was the most important part of this whole adventure. Following the guide, I worked first by getting the full nVidia driver and having it load by default. This wasn't too much of a problem, since I have some minor experience poking around the xorg.conf file. Then, using one simple command, I fired up a terminal and installed XGL and compiz at once (I discovered some of the real power in the apt-get command). I had to edit another text file to get XGL loaded up by default. A quick restart, then I created a script to get compiz to start and enable all of the plugins. As an odd side-note, apparently XGL likes to crush the keyboard mappings, so they had to be reinstalled, which was just one line in the terminal.

Then, I sat back and started compiz by running the script, "thefuture." The screen flashed, the title bar to the terminal window disappeared, and then reappeared. I wasn't sure anything had happened until I clicked on the terminal and moved it around. It wobbled and flowed like the demo video. I hit <Ctrl><Alt>+right arrow and the screen rotated around smoothly. Menu's bounced out and faded away. I started a program that allows me to change the compiz settings, gconf-editor, but I ran into a problem. The screen was almost entirely garbled. Hovering the mouse over some of the buttons in the window allowed them to become readable, but moving the window corrupted everything. Something was wrong!


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