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Re: Enabling Compiz by default?

I couldn't agree more. MacOSX is the living proof that opengl compositing is functional and efficient.

If there was a "huge increase in power consumption" then a MacBook's battery would only last for an hour. A GPU is better in handling the GUI than a CPU is, even with current graphics cards that do little about power efficiency.

my 2cents.


PS: overloading your desktop by enabling extra fancy effects will of course result in higher power consumption. That's the user's choice to make. The defaults so offer the basic experience and emphasise in usability rather than bling.

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

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.

Also, nowadays compiz appears to be quite maintained:


- Do you know anyone who doesn't turn the effects off eventually ?

Most people do that because of performance problems, bugs and
annoying effects (wobbly, genie)

Nobody turns off composition on MacOSX because it works seamlessly.
We should strive to reach that degree of robustness and performance
on Linux too, as we're already 5 years late.

- Do we care about the huge increase in power consumption ?

Hmmm... I never thought it would be an issue once we remove
various source inefficiency.

A composited desktop shouldn't necessarily cause much more GPU
or CPU activity than traditional graphics plus the needed
hand-made double buffering hacks to hide flickering during

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