t’s cooler than anything Microsoft has by far, but is it really part of a better computing experience?
To get working well, it is essential to harness the 3-D rendering capabilities of your graphics card and setup the plug-ins with the composite window manager, This excerpt is from Chapter 3: Using SUSE Linux on Your Desktop, from the book By Chris Brown PhD, published by O’Reilly Media. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.
Section 12: Animate the Desktop with Xgl and Compiz
Given the rapid pace of software development in the Linux world, it is inevitable that some topics that are bleeding-edge as this book goes into production will be mainstream technology by the time you get to read it. One such is the Xgl X server and the compositing window manager compiz. Together with a modern graphics card, these components (which are shipped with SUSE Linux 10.1) offer some stunning visual desktop effects comparable (dare I say this?) to the best that the Mac has to offer. These effects include transparent windows, fade-in/fade-out of windows and menus, animated window minimization, and the ability to put four desktops onto four faces of a cube and spin the cube (in 3-D) to switch desktops. The overall result is to give the desktop a more fluid, organic feel…. Source: Linux Journal”