Since the October release of Compiz 0.6 (and Compiz Fusion 0.6) followed by a minor update, it's been pretty quiet on the "desktop bling" front for the past few months. Today, however, the Open Compositing team is announcing the availability of Compiz 0.7.0. Compiz 0.7 introduces a core plug-in for handling certain core APIs in a similar fashion to the plug-in APIs. In addition, Compiz now has a simple object system that presents some underlying benefits. For the Compiz user, there is now multi-display support, various fixes in stacking and handling, configurable middle and right click buttons through gtk-window-decorator, and a KDE 4 port of the kde-window-decorator. The Compiz 0.7.0 release announcement can be read on the FreeDesktop mailing list.
It's a bit late seeing as Xfce 4.4.1 was released back in April, but Xfce 4.4.2 is now available for download. Xfce 4.4.2 addresses bugs present in the Xfce 4.4 series along with updated translations. The complete Xfce 4.4.2 change-log is available on their project web-site as well as the release announcement.
In our information recapping the OpenSolaris Developer Summit we mentioned Ian Murdock's Project Indiana would be compatible with Compiz. Asked on the Indiana discussion list today though was whether Compiz would be enabled by default. The decision is that Compiz will not appear in the Project Indiana LiveCD but that it will be available through their official network repository. A Sun developer has even already created the Compiz packages for Project Indiana. The first technical preview of Project Indiana should be available later this month.
The Compiz folks have had version 0.6.0 out for three weeks (and now Compiz 0.6.2) and today the Compiz Fusion team is out with Compiz Fusion v0.6.0, which is also their first official stable release. The complete details are available in their release announcement.
While Compiz Fusion has yet to hit v0.6, the Compiz folks have just come out with a new release in the Compiz 0.6 series. Compiz 0.6.2 adds support for automatically starting one decorator per screen, stacking problem fixes, fixes for focus issues, and minor bug fixes. More information is available in the release announcement.
Danny Baumann has released Compiz 0.6.0. This new release of Compiz features better support for multiple X screens, XML-based meta-data system, improvements to the option initialization thanks to the new meta-data system, an extensible logging framework, new plug-ins, greater handling of output devices, introspection support in D-Bus, multiple modes of resize drawing, and multiple placement modes through the place plug-in.
Today marks the release of the 8.40.4 fglrx driver, which fixes a few bugs and offers some minor improvements to the AMD Catalyst Control Center. We have dubbed this the "One Bug A Day Keeps AIGLX Away" release for the driver still lacking AIGLX and still being in the old driver's maintenance cycle. You can guess the name of the next driver here (or just have some comic relief if the fglrx driver has caused you grief). The release notes for the fglrx 8.40.4 driver is available from AMD. You can join our active discussion on this driver in the Phoronix Forums.
The first development release of Compiz Fusion is now available. Compiz Fusion 0.5.2 features a variety of improvements all over the board and also includes a brand new Compiz configuration system (libcompizconfig). Compiz Fusion 0.6.0 will follow after the release of Compiz 0.6.0. Today's announcement along with source download links can be found on their mailing list.
With all of the talk lately revolving around Compiz Fusion, a new Compiz release is now out the door. Compiz v0.5.2 adds better support for multiple X screens, XML-based meta-data system, logging framework, gtk-window-decorator changes, Glib plug-in, plug-ins for plug-ins, more dynamic handling for output devices, transparency support for the cube plug-in, and introspection support for the d-bus plug-in. The complete list of changes for Compiz v0.5.2 can be read on the Compiz FreeDesktop mailing list.
We previously reported that Beryl and Compiz would be merging, but the name and some of the details were unknown. However, today we now know the name of the Beryl and Compiz merge: Compiz Fusion. Compiz Fusion marks the combined efforts of Beryl and Compiz developers, and already we have a number of new features. Compiz Fusion already sports a new zoom plug-in with select and zoom and panning. Another new feature introduced is a new CompizConfig Settings Manager. Additional information can be found on the Beryl blog.
Quinn Storm and David Reveman just presented on the future of Composite desktops at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. Among the items they are planning next for the Compiz/Beryl project are new interfaces for applications, retained rendering interfaces, incrementally replace X11, standard API, and collaboration important. No new name has yet been decided for the merged Compiz and Beryl merge, but the merger should be completed within the next few months.
For Xfce users, the first maintenance release in the Xfce 4.4 branch is now available. Primarily making up Xfce 4.4.1 is translation updates and bug fixes. The release announcement for Xfce 4.4.1 is quite short, but it can be read on the mailing list.
It's now official that Compiz and Beryl will be reuniting. Compiz will be split into Compiz-core and Compiz-extras. Compiz-extras will feature more "bleeding edge" code and new plug-ins outside of Compiz-core. The Extras division will also be known as the "Composite Community". More information is available on the Compiz Forum.
It wasn't even a year ago that Beryl had formed as a fork of Compiz, and since then Beryl has seemed to be much more in the spotlight and has been making great strides, but Quinn is now looking at merging Beryl back with Compiz. All of the details are still to be decided on this matter. The announcement can be found on the Beryl mailing-list.
Beryl, one of the popular options for providing "eye candy" on Linux desktops, has reached version 0.2.0. Beryl 0.2.0 states that this new branch takes a huge step away from Compiz, and with Beryl 0.3 it will become even more noticeable that Beryl is taking a different direction from Compiz. In Beryl 0.2.0 are four new plug-ins, new decorations, new settings manager, and new translations. The release announcement can be found in the Beryl blog.
The first (and likely only) release candidate for the Beryl 0.2 branch has been released. There are new 3D animation effects, better memory usage, and a plethora of changes in Beryl 0.2.0, which can be read about here.
Beryl 0.2.0 has now reached the Beta stages. The first Beta in the Beryl 0.2.0 branch features new plug-ins as well as a completely redesigned settings manager. The second Beta out fixes a lot of source and packaging fixes. More information is available from the Beryl Project.
Xfce 4.4.0 has been released! Among the many new improvements is the new Thunar file manager and major improvements to core improvements. The release announcement can be read here. A visual tour of Xfce 4.4 is also available as well as recent Phoronix screenshots.
While the Xfce 4.4 release is nearing, another maintenance release has made its way to the Internet for this Xfce 4.2 branch. In Xfce 4.2.4 are several fixes in this release that address bugs for this light-weight desktop environment. More information can be found at Xfce.
While Compiz 0.3.4 was release just weeks ago today is yet another new Compiz minor release. New in Compiz 0.3.6 is easier start-up, kde-window-decorator, new plug-in, and better D-BUS support. More information is available at the Compiz website.
Release in time for the new year is Beryl 0.1.4. Beryl 0.1.4 begins Beryl's freeze for version 0.2.0. At the time of posting, the release notes have not yet been completed, but the announcement is available from the news page. Among the changes in this fifth developer release is new art and a handful of new plug-ins.
For Compiz users out there, a new Compiz website and forums have launched. Go-Compiz shares information about Compiz, and the new forums are an extension of GoCompiz. Thanks Miguel.
Beryl, the popular window manager forked from Compiz, has introduced its 0.1.3 release. This release is coming a little over a month after the Beryl 0.1.2 release. Among the new features in Beryl 0.1.3 are plugins for group, 3D world, input enabled zoom, annotate, and clone output. Aquamarine (the KDE window decorator) and GTK window decorator (Heliodor) have been included in this release. Some of the other new features for this release are new multicube modes, transparent cube modes, new zoom from center options for animations, drag and drop support in scale, blur cache functionality increased, pointer restrain on resize, allow minimized windows to show on scale, and negative windows have exclude list. Several bugs have also been addressed in this release. The release notes for Beryl version 0.1.3 can be read here. If you try it out, be sure to share your thoughts on the forums.
Coming out of Novell this week was the release of Compiz 0.3.4. New in Compiz version 0.3.4 is support for multiple desktops, improved multi-head support, basic support for internal events, and plug-in updates. The release announcement can be found here. A new Compiz road-map for the core has also been published.
The second release candidate (hopefully the last) in the Xfce 4.4 development series has been released. As highlighted by the release notes, Xfce 4.4 RC2 primarily fixes bugs and includes new optimizations. This release can be downloaded here.
Due to frustrations with Compiz when it comes to submitting patches, communicating with other Compiz developers, and distribution integration, a fork of Compiz has started. Beryl is this Compiz fork that seeks to offer more organization, improved documentation, bug fixing, and many more features. The announcement for the Beryl project can be found here.
With GNOME 2.16 and KDE 4.0 discussions heating up, the light-weight desktop environment known as Xfce has issued its first release candidate for the Xfce 4.4 branch. Several bugs were addressed and a few new features were implemented. The new Xarchiver v0.4.0 is included, trash support was added for Thunar and xfdesktop, and the overall memory usage was also reduced. The complete change log is available here -- download here.
After today's launch of the NVIDIA 1.0-8762 Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD display driver release, NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner has stated that GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap support will not come until the Rel90 (1.0-9XXX) drivers at an earliest. There have been some rumors with the NVIDIA ForceWare Windows Rel90 drivers that they may contain a new control panel interface among other new improvements. Support for GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap is needed to allow Accelerated Indirect GL X to run server-side GL, which is what Compiz or other compistors will then use with Render_from_pixmap. X.Org v7.1 final had shipped today with this extension. If NVIDIA continues in their current Linux driver release cycle, we will likely not see any new display drivers for four months -- or as we anticipate the August/September time-frame. In this time we do anticipate that the Windows drivers will reach their v9X.XX series. No word yet on when ATI intends on implementing support for this extension with their fglrx drivers. Aaron's statement can be read here.
Kombatant has updated the unofficial ATI Linux Driver Wiki with a short tutorial for running the latest XGL + Compiz 3D desktop effects when using a Radeon setup. The guide is also written for those running Ubuntu's 6.06 Dapper Drake distribution. This eight-step guide is fairly simple, however, it does stress the important points for achieving success with XGL and Compiz when using ATI's proprietary Linux drivers on an Ubuntu Dapper box. The Linux Wiki entry can be read here.
Xfce, the light-weight *NIX desktop environment that is often placed behind GNOME and KDE, has come out today with its version 4.4 Beta 1 release -- or also titled v22.214.171.124. The Xfce 4.4 branch includes various new tools and most prominently the new Thunar file manager. Significant improvements have also been made to the core Xfce components. The Xfce 4.4 Beta 1 release marks the first new version since the Xfce v126.96.36.199 release in November of last year. More on Xfce Desktop Environment is available from Xfce.
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