Originally Posted by amosf
They are also really really slow...
I've heard that some people have very good graphic cards and the composite extension is really really slow.
On my poor card (integrated intel 855GM) and 1.7Ghz Centrino, it is quite usable. Sometimes, when I reboot it is really slow (typing is slowed) and then goes back to normal after killing kompmgr (yes I use it through kde most of the time) and restarting it.
Mixing aterm transparency and xcompmgr under fluxbox sometimes kills Xorg.
Under KDE I can even play a movie behind an xterm, well here Xorg jumps a bit , I agree.
Its usefull when your screen is not big enough, you can have a document behind and look at it to type a document on foreground.
You can also compare two graphs by overlapping them. But the best is to impress friends lol.
Sometimes if you put the transparency too high, it gives you a big headache because you have 3 windows in one, good luck.
When I really want full processor time, I kill it
But its worth trying and tweaking it