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Old 02-15-2006, 05:09 PM   #1
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making transparent desktop


I'm making a transparent theme for kde and I can't figure out how to make the background in konqueror transparent. Can anyone help???
 
Old 02-16-2006, 06:27 AM   #2
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I may be wrong, but I believe in order to do this you have to have certain extensions enabled in your Xorg installation. From my reading, I am told they are not completely stable, so I don't use them.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 06:37 AM   #3
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They are also really really slow...
 
Old 02-16-2006, 07:26 AM   #4
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They are also really really slow...
Agree'd - big time. I did all the things to make my backgrounds, iconsets etc (i.e. everything) to adopt transparency, it did look great, but it made everything, from cursor movement to screen redraws so slow (that included stuff like opening new browsers etc) that it took me like 20 minutes or so, just to get enough stuff open (kde control centre with it's various processes) to switch it off/disable it.

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John

p.s. and yes, I did think that my 64meg geforce 4 graphics card would have been up to the job, but obviously not.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 09:17 AM   #5
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I would wait a bit, for XGL to take hold, you can make every window fully transparaent to a seperate opacity on your desktop cube. Also it will run properly, unlike current transparency. Then in KDE 4, it will make use for said XGL and you can make the theme then with good support.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 11:28 AM   #6
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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
 
Old 02-16-2006, 09:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help - I think I'll just wait.
 
Old 02-17-2006, 12:11 AM   #8
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FYI if you have an nvidia card, enabling RenderAccel in xorg.conf will see a monster speed increase when using XComposite.
 
Old 02-17-2006, 04:25 AM   #9
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Hmm... Now that RenderAccel is a bit stable (using 8178 driver) this is actually starting to work...

Nice.
 
Old 02-17-2006, 05:13 AM   #10
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Last I used it was 7174 driver but it worked pretty well then
 
  


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