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Screenshots for October

Click for full-size version. In the first shot you can see the "wave" effect in progress that occurs any time a window is unmapped; the window sort of waves and dissolves. Beryl's "Animations" plugin lets you specify animations for mapping, unmapping, focusing, and min/maxing windows. There are some nice effects too, like the "genie getting sucked into a bottle" thing that OS X has, and many others. Either these things are new or I never noticed them before.

Too many effects really does get on your nerves after a while though. For example you can set windows to "shiver" very slightly when focusing them. The little bit of feedback does help you notice when a window is being focused, and given a dense collection of windows it can help you notice WHICH window is being focused. But switching window focus is something that happens way too often, and seeing your windows shivering for the 40,000th time is liable to drive a person insane.

I'm running KDE here. My collection of Conky scripts continues to grow. I plan to upload more of them as I refine them enough that they're usable by anyone other than myself. My first thought is always "Ew, look how many instances of Ruby I'm spwaning, running all those scripts!" My second thought is that I have a dual-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. 99% of the time, my CPU is sitting there idling. I could probably set it to spawn an instance of Ruby every second without noticing any difference. Three or four every 5 minutes isn't going to kill anyone.



October 02, 2006 @ 3:19 AM PDT
Cateogory: Linux


Quoth tante on October 02, 2006 @ 4:34 AM PDT

Awesome screenshots, looks really nice. I have not yet managed to get beryl running with my nvidia card, maybe it's some xorg.conf issue, but with what I see here, maybe I shout give it another shot.

Quoth Brian on October 02, 2006 @ 5:07 AM PDT

Some helpful links in getting it to work are and . Gentoo-wiki is what I used mainly. Many/most of the people at the official compiz/beryl forums seem to be Ubuntu users.

Quoth tante on October 02, 2006 @ 6:18 AM PDT

Yeah, got it running now, it's neat. But I'll stay with e17 for now, I just like the way to work with e better than the way the big DEs make me work. Now I just have to wait for the e guys to integrate stuff like compiz/beryl ;)

Quoth Brian on October 02, 2006 @ 6:42 AM PDT

Don't hold your breath: Read the bottom. :)

Quoth tante on October 02, 2006 @ 6:55 AM PDT

Well they already have a composite module, so I think they might actually look into what beryl does (at least to some extend). One can always hope ;)

Quoth Yams on October 02, 2006 @ 4:45 PM PDT

You need better icons. Everything else is awesome.