He may not like compiz, but really who cares? If i recall correctly, Phoronix also has had an article or two dissing Gnome3 too.
I for one, use Compiz (0.9.8/bzr) and like it quite a bit. (which you would probably already know).
While Kwin is very good, i wouldn't want to KDE (too much bloat). Gnome-Shell also is not my cup of tea (too rigid, ugly). Compiz is lite, can be used standalone, or with another DE. It works with my (Wacom) tablet *significantly better* than any of the alternatives, in large part due to it's plugins and CCSM and the granular control it provides.
I see bugs getting fixed all the time, including those that i report (some i hadn't reported, that on update disappeared). I've seen improvements visually, such as at one point compiz becoming smoother (on Nvidia), or more recently your reworking of the menus/shadows ~ which seems to be better. I've also seen reduced resource consumption too. One prime example of that would be that compiz (0.8.x through 0.9.6) used more CPU when idling and/or when using blur, this isn't the case for me anymore. building compiz from source is MUCH better than even 3/4 weeks ago ~ i was able to ditch most of my build script, and replace it with just a few lines ~ being as only one branch is needed, and the build system (now) allows everything to be built at once. ~ which i personally really like
I could think of a lot more examples, but i think what my point is that some of us do like/use compiz, we can see the project improving and value the work that goes into it, even if someone like Michael doesn't.
I think especially in the last few months, there has been lots to be happy about concerning the direction of Compiz.
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There's an interesting branch proposed for merging into compiz/0.9.8 that would seem to address Intel performance problems;
it would seem for Intel, this merge will likely increase performance in a noticeable way;
--- Intel driver ---
Application FPS = 5500
Compiz XDamageNotify per sec = 11000
CPU usage = 4%
Compiz frame rate = 30 FPS
Application FPS = 5500
Compiz XDamageNotify per sec = 120
CPU usage = 1-2%
Compiz frame rate = 60 FPS
2x frame rate
50-75% reduction in CPU
99% reduction in X event traffic
It looks like this should fix some Intel problems, assuming it gets merged. it would seem to fix some bottle neck that affected intel, as the nvidia results were consistent 60 = FPS, while both intel and nvidia saw a 99% reduction in X event traffic.
it looks promising
I assume (barring no problems) this code will be merged and intel (gfx) users should see some improvement.
Last edited by ninez; 06-02-2012 at 12:15 AM.