22 Dec 2006
(updated 22 Dec 2006 at 21:02 UTC) »
Having compiz rocking for feisty would be really nice.
Since the previous version didn't work really fine on my
desktop (ATI card) I've decided to update the feisty package
to 0.3.4 (if you opened bugs on launchpad that would be nice
to try to the new version and update them to mention if they
are fixed or no) and to give it a new try.
The new version works pretty fine on my laptop (intel video
card), not that fine with an ATI radeon 9600 card
apparently: the window were not refreshed correctly (GTK
widget all grey when opening a window and only displayed
fine after resizing the window).
Yesterday gandalfn, who is doing some work around compiz
packages for Ubuntu, suggested some xorg option to try to
get compiz better.Using 'Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"' fixed
that problem and now compiz is working correctly.
There is still some features lacking at the moment to make
the switch to compiz easy. One problem is that it doesn't
use the keybindings previously configured with GNOME
capplet. Another one is how workspaces are working. The NEWS
from compiz 0.3.4 mention "Support for multiple desktops
(workspaces)". The desktop switcher applet still doesn't
agree with compiz apparently (ctrl-alt-left or right don't
change the workspace selected on the applet which is
confusing). I know there is some libwnck patches available
to make it work better with compiz, they add some API
though, which means that if we use them and upstream decide
to go a different way we will have to break the libwnck
package ABI when switching to the upstream version which is
not nice. Once those problems fixed compiz will probably be
very nice to use ;)