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gnome-shell and plasma

Following my comment about gnome-shell useless with nouveau driver, I installed KDE for testing Plasma about 3D as suggested by Kevin. As expected, effects will not work with OpenGL enabled for composing. What I did not know before is the presence of XRender option for Plasma that give those effects in glory. That test brings a question about gnome-shell: why Gnome development did not use XRender as fallback option or even providing that option?
Enlightenment can least produce some similar effects without requiring hardware acceleration.

Comments

Kevin Kofler said…
Note: what provides compositing and desktop effects in KDE 4 is actually KWin, not Plasma (but Plasma will use it for some effects which require window manager cooperation). Unlike gnome-shell which links a window manager (Mutter, a fork of Metacity) into its own process, Plasma and KWin are still separate processes which just work very well together (but you can also use Plasma with another window manager, with or without compositing support; that said, AFAIK, KWin is the only one which works with XRender, and it's the one Plasma integrates with best anyway).
Tretle said…
AWN guys pointed this issue out a long time ago.

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