Enabling Compiz by default?

Jon Nettleton jon.nettleton at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 01:06:24 UTC 2007

On 8/9/07, Dave Airlie <airlied at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-08-10 at 01:46 +0200, Rudolf Kastl wrote:
> > 2007/8/10, Dave Airlie <airlied at redhat.com>:
> > > On Thu, 2007-08-09 at 19:05 -0400, Bernardo Innocenti wrote:
> > > > On 08/09/2007 06:18 PM, Alan Cox wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Compiz is too buggy to use - its still hopelessly broken with java
> menus
> > > > > and you'd want to use one of the actually maintained compositing
> managers
> > > > > instead.
> > > >
> > > > Which ones?
> > > >
> > > > Ubuntu Gutsy will have Compiz fusion by default.  And they're fixing
> > > > bugs to reach this goal.  We could benefit from their work, or
> > > > reinvent the wheel by going a different route.
> > > >
> > >
> > > Ubuntu aren't doing any work on fixing the technical problems with
> > > compiz, if they turn it on on gutsy it'll be on nvidia binary drivers
> > > only. Otherwise  things like 3D apps and movie playing will get
> > > seriously screwed..
> > >
> > > They are benefiting a lot more from the work Red Hat are doing than we
> > > will ever benefit from them.
> > >
> > > Dave.
> > >
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> >
> > Well personally i am all for pushing compiz fusion as fast as
> > possible. Actually i have todays git checkout running on rawhide and
> > it wfm.
> >
> > What would certainly help is a list of issues and a goalsetting what
> > really has to be achieved to be able to enable it as default without
> > having too much breakage.
> >
> > A working noveau driver that does aiglx fine and the r500 driver
> > imported into rawhide (and push it towards reliability with aiglx)
> > would for sure a neat first step in achieving the goal that it works
> > for most users out there.
> >
> The work krh and I have been doing on the X/DRI layers to enable 3D
> redirection and also the work I've been doing with cworth to make EXA
> fast are possible two of the major bodies of work required to get a
> composited desktop useable - note I didn't even say compiz, just to make
> any compositing manager work properly with 3D and screen resizing.

And thank you very much for the EXA work.  I think that is something that
has gotten passed up in the last year or so with all the Compiz/Beryl
hype.    EXA is my compositing saving grace on my KM400 with the openchrome

I am not sure why all this focus has been on 3d acceleration and glitz.  For
the longest time I have run xcompmgr on top of metacity ( Yes I know old an
hacky ).  I will tell you though, it didn't crash and my windows drew smooth
as silk on the screen.   Recently I decided to try to find something better
than xcompmgr and after reading threads and looking at code, realized that
XFCE's window manager xfwm4 does absolutely everything I want very nicely.
I have drop shadows, nice window transparency when I drag and resize, full
screen overlays work properly.

Why not look at a nice basic composited windows manager as default that
works pretty well on any driver that supports EXA ( I have now gotten this
running quite well on laptops with Sis, EXA, and VIA integrated chipsets).
Then offer the 3d option for beefier graphics chipsets.  I liked it so much
I am now running xfwm4 on my gaming desktop as well.

It would really take nothing more than a weekend to gnomify xfwm4 and make
it a very clean replacement for metacity.  Nice smooth clean modern looking
desktop without the need for accelerated opengl.


tbh nouveau and r500 aren't really even on the radar as far as we are
> concerned yet, Intel is the only manufacturer to have given us enough
> info to actually fix the problems we are encountering, so Intel hw will
> get the stuff going first from our pov.. I think we might do radeon
> second as I should have enough info to get a decent system going, but
> r500 doesn't even have dri yet so getting aiglx is a bit of a big step..
> and nouveau hasn't gotten texturing yet so same issue.
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