[Bug 444512] [NEW] Desktop is unusable if desktop-effects (compositing) are disabled

Leo Milano lmilano at gmx.net
Tue Oct 6 12:27:10 UTC 2009

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: kubuntu-netbook-default-settings

Summary: please let's make sure that desktop effects, whether or not
turned on by default, are effectively optional to the user.

Details: As of the beta release for Karmic, the default desktop shell is
configured with an active applications switcher on the upper left, which
seems to only work when desktop effects are on. I would suggest to
replace this widget by one that works when effects are disabled, or
enhancing the widget to drop back into something usable when no effects
are present.

How to reproduce: open a few windows, minimize them, turn desktop
effects off, try to locate those windows.

Rationale: desktop effects add a considerable amount of eye-candy and
functionality to the netbook experience. However, they can affect
performance, which is a big issue in netbooks, which are usually power-
saving, low cost computers with limited resources. To be practical,
users may prefer to disable effects in order to get better graphics
performance in other areas such as multimedia. Also, Desktop Effects are
still a bit unstable, and many user still need to live without them,
even in high-end systems.

** Affects: kubuntu-netbook-default-settings (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: kubuntu-netbook

Desktop is unusable if desktop-effects (compositing) are disabled
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