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Old 07-31-2006, 02:42 AM   #1
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Xgl too slow


Is there an alternative that looks as cool as Xgl for GNOME on Fedora 5? Xgl is too slow on my comp. I need something that will be perceptively as fast as the stnadard server but will support transparency and will look cool.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 02:59 AM   #2
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I need something that will be perceptively as fast as the stnadard server but will support transparency and will look cool.
You need? Why do you need transparency and windows that wobble and other assorted rubbish? I don't think anyone needs it but that is just my opinion. That aside, FC5 uses AIGLX, not Xgl.

What hardware are you running this on and what drivers are you using? I've heard of people running accelerated X servers on what I'd call low-end hardware so it's possible you just have a shonky config somewhere.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 03:06 AM   #3
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ok--i dont like the wobbly windows really: but the transparency is a useful feature. FC5 does use AIGLX but when i switch it on the xserver fails to start. Is there good installation instructions for it?

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Intel 915GM: 128 MB shared Vram mem.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 03:13 AM   #4
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In XGL (don't know about AIGLX) you can configure which of the funky features you want to use (i.e. turn "wobbling" off, but use transparency and shadows). Turning some of the features off might help. I noticed that transparency and shadows were quite OK, but the bending windows (with XGL) did seem to lag a bit. I also recommend using good hardware accelaration with 3d-rendering drivers from the manufacturer; nVidia's and ATI's (fglrx) drivers seem to work (ATI sometimes causes problems), but if you're using software rendering or MESA you might run into slowness-troubles. But just might, not necessarily (with MESA at least).

Nobody actually "needs" XGL, it's just "cool". Try turning the unwanted shaggy-wobblings off and see if that helps. Just remember that, XGL at least, needs a recent version of X and is not ready software yet. It is buggy, and that could mean slowness and crashes.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 03:16 AM   #5
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Wow guys thanks for the extremely speedy responses:

I really like the xgl look adn feel: its tough to describe but i can tell its a notch better than std.

Im willing to use aiglx if it will run smoother. But I have tried installing aiglx and have encountered some problems on FC5. Is there a good guide that will allow me to install or some ez commands?
 
  


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