Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Compiz Fusion..breaking new grounds!

Compiz fusion is a compositing window manager for X window system which uses 3D graphics hardware to create such breathtaking desktop effects which a normal user with a basic hardware configuration can never dream of .If you ask me what was the single most important reason that made me to start using GNU/Linux based OS ,its not the open source philosophy or the overall slickness of GNU/Linux based systems,but compiz fusion(to be fair ;) ). Compiz fusion has always been a cut above the rest.I have been using Ubuntu 7.10 and now ubuntu 8.04 with compiz fusion as my default window manager.All those days i have wondered what they are gonna come up with now.

GOSH!! they came up with something incredible!!Here are a few that i think is worth mentioning.
  • What you are seeing below is a screenshot of a simple shift switcher !!in layman terms this is what a simple alt+tab looks like !!isn't it amazing.
  • Now, that is a desktop :D.From cube to cylinder to sphere.This is how a four workspace desktop looks like with compiz fusion !!
  • the sphere

  • Thats the modified expo plugin(see the curve)
  • Next one is a screensaver plugin.Dont mind the screenshot(its a bit weird i know :D),this one is a real show stopper ;-)

All this works in my system which has a bare basic configuration(512 MB RAM,intel centrino duo processor and an intel on board graphics card) when compared to "vista standards."

PS:GNU/Linux based system is not at all about looks.Its just the outermost part.Its a highly efficient, superficially fast, extremely stable and flexible operating system with a plethora of applications to play with.I had been using it for an year now and i m' loving it ! ;)

2 comments:

  1. Are these plugins in the Ubuntu repositories yet?

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  2. Its not yet in the official ubuntu repository.Alternatively you can install new compiz by adding the following repository in your ubuntu.
    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/compiz/ubuntu hardy main

    You can also check this detailed installation process of Compiz 0.7.6

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