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[News] Nice New Visual Effects for the GNU/Linux Desktop

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They say when you start something….

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| I’ve implemented a sort of Mac OS X ’sheets’ animation in the 
| simple-animations plugin. It is designed to work with dialog boxes so that 
| they appear to ‘roll out’ of the top of the window. The animation is there, I 
| just haven’t got parent window detection to work with dialogs yet and haven’t 
| put window placement code in. Once that is done it should look (somewhat) 
| realistic without violating the hidden patent I probably don’t know about.     


They just jeep coming and coming.

Linux - the OS that keeps on giving

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| Most Linux users and supporters are well aware of the openness, collaboration 
| and flexibility that mark the OS and its distributions, but we’ve received  
| some more tangible gifts from the Linux community recently as we enjoy the 
| holidays. We also see the OS continues to run strong in a variety of 
| settings, and this is best-evidenced by the latest releases of the most 
| popular distributions.    
| The first gift was more of a Halloween present with Canonical’s October 
| release of Ubuntu 8.10. Highlights of the update to the popular desktop and 
| server-striving Linux: new, easier 3G wireless network support, greater USB 
| portability, new guest sessions and Gnome 2.24, which features new IM, 
| multi-monitor, time tracking and other support. The 8.10 release, which 
| focuses a bit more on performance improvements rather than polish, 
| nonetheless should keep current Ubuntu users happy and continue to draw in 
| others with its ease of use.       



Who Wants Snow?

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| You have now got Snow installed for compiz! Now all you have to do is go to
| compiz config settings manager and look under Extras: enable snow and find
| out the button command and there you have it. You only need to use one set of
| buttons to turn this on or off.


USB Drives Better With Linux!

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| So, get more out of you portable USB hard drive.  Get real ease of use.  Run
| in on Linux.


Compiz 0.8 Has Been Branched

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| Compiz 0.7 was released back in February and since then we've seen a series
| of minor updates. Now though we may have Compiz 0.8 to look forward to in the
| near future.


Four Practical And Useful Compiz Fusion Plugins

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| Just about everyone has seen or used some cool eyecandy Compiz Fusion
| plugins, but there are also quite a number of useful non-eyecandy plugins for
| Compiz Fusion. Today, I will look at four of the most interesting ones that
| are included in Ubuntu. If you are an Ubuntu user, you will need to install
| the advanced settings manager for Compiz Fusion.


Compiz-Fusion MPX Support is Complete!

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| I have now completed the first draft of the patches to add MPX support to
| Compiz-Fusion. These are only the first draft patches, so there are still
| tons of bugs to be fixed. After I fix those bugs, I’ll begin work on the
| Input Redirection patches for the rest of Compiz-Fusion.


Compiz Support For Multi-Pointer X

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| In May we shared that Multi-Pointer X (or MPX for short) was entering the
| mainline X server. While it was merged to master that month, X Server 1.5 was
| already branched out and therefore it won't appear in X.Org 7.4, but it will
| appear in X Server 1.6 (X.Org 7.5) until next year.


Compiz is the Most Important Thing to Ever Happen to Linux.

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| If the Linux community wants to wipe Windows and Mac out of the OS business
| all they need to do in focus all of their collective efforts on developing
| Compiz. With the combine intelligence of hundreds of thousands of nerds we
| could develop the most pimped out windows management system known to mankind.
| The kids don’t want stability, they want an OS w/ rims that spin.


Compiz is Cool – and Why That Matters

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| One of the most vexed questions within the open source world is when, if
| ever, GNU/Linux will take off on the desktop. Strangely, this isn't really
| about capabilities: as someone who has Ubuntu running on both of his main
| systems, I can attest to the fact that GNU/Linux is not just usable, it's a
| downright pleasure to use. In fact, I constantly marvel at how transparent
| open source has become: most of the time I'm simply not aware that I'm using
| it – it just works.
| This raises the interesting question: so what's missing? What more does open
| source need to do in order to capture the attention of the general user? I
| think the answer can be found on this YouTube video.


Compiz and Compiz Fusion 0.7.6 out in wild

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| In the new features there is now a new “Static Switcher” that shows
| thumbnails of all the open windows and moves caret instead of thumbnails.
| Place plugin received a rewrite that enhances it’s multi-display support.
| Gtk-window-decorator is now accesessibilit(a11y) sensitive and ezoom plugin
| now has area zoom, helping people with disabilities to work on computer with
| ease.
| Eye-candy? Full sphere!! I’ll let a picture talk for itself.

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