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Old 09-04-2006, 02:45 AM   #1
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Compiz & XGL


Hi, I'm EXTREMELY new with Linux, and I've been trying to install XGL, which of course needs Compiz. But I don't know how to set it up to work.

I'm using 2 distros. Suse 10.1 (For KDE) and Ubuntu (For Gnome).

Could anybody please help me with a step-by-step guide (if possible), on how to do this?

Thank you
 
Old 09-04-2006, 03:59 AM   #2
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try this,
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=127090

I had installed XGL on Fedora Core 5, the cube worked perfectly but everything became slow, the login screen was distorted. I think XGL needs to develop alot more in terms of support.
 
Old 09-04-2006, 06:39 AM   #3
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Personally I think XGL is a waste of time. OK, I was impressed with the way it looked and I enjoyed spinning the cube for about five minutes. It has some kinda nice features but it's just eye candy and I didn't see any benefit over using the conventional desktop.
 
Old 09-04-2006, 09:09 AM   #4
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Thanks Guys!!!

I know it's nothing more than just a fancy desktop switcher and eye-candy, but seeing that I'm new to Linux, I'm enjoying installing all kinds of new stuff.

Thanks once again
 
Old 09-04-2006, 10:46 PM   #5
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Jeez, Extrasolar, have a little fun. Do you have your background set to light grey and all the window components set to black and white? Anything more is an unnecessary waste of time I'm not going to use this where I need solid stability, but to many people it's not a waste of time if it gets more people interested in using Linux.

NetStrider: check out the guide for Suse 10.1 at http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/17174.html. Read the whole thing first. There are a couple of useful nuggets in the comments.
Remember that this is experimental so you may run into problems. (I ran into problems installing the NVIDIA driver-had to compile the kernel a couple of times, the xgl installation was simple). I just installed Suse for the first time a few days ago and learned a lot by installing xgl.
 
Old 09-05-2006, 06:31 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by camg188
Do you have your background set to light grey and all the window components set to black and white?
Actually, erm, no. I just don't see the point in it that's all. But as you say, if it gets more people interested in linux..

 
Old 09-05-2006, 07:16 AM   #7
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You might want to try http://forums.xgl-coffee.org/ and http://www.compiz.net/. These are Compiz/XGL centric forums.

I didn't understand the need for multiple desktops when I first started using Linux until I was at work and found I couldn't work as efficiently with only one. XGL was the same way for me. I installed it originally to impress my friends and neighbors. Now I'm always trying to use XGL features at work. It's very frustrating. There's more to Compiz/XGL than a spinning cube. I also don't have stability or slowdown issues on my Gentoo/XGL install.

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