[ubuntu-art] Metacity composite

Andrea Cimitan andrea.cimitan at gmail.com
Sat Sep 27 12:57:29 BST 2008

2008/9/27 Danny Piccirillo <danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com>

> Are crazy compiz-like effects being worked on or will they be?

Please do not top-post.

Anyway, the current compositing inside metacity is using Xrender, which is
compatible with almost any hardware and supports software rendering (so it
permits shadows on any hardware), though is not comparable with openGL for
rich effects. With the Xrender implementation compiz-like effects will NOT
be implemented.
Even though Iain (the guy who added compositing inside metacity), did a very
good modular job, meaning that in the future someone could write a new
backend using openGL and not Xrender, allowing compiz-like effects.
For example, some guys at ohand, already wrote an experimental backend using
clutter, metacity-clutter.


> On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 11:39 AM, Cory K. <coryisatm at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>> Danny Piccirillo wrote:
>> > Sorry if this is slightly off topic but I read a while ago that
>> > Metacity was adding composite features like transparency, etc. When
>> > will this be available? Does this mean that at some point we may be
>> > able to get all the features of compiz with metacity and be able to
>> > ditch compiz fusion? This would open up a lot more possibilities for
>> > themes, wouldn't it?
>> Please do not top-post.
>> Its actually available in Hardy but doesn't have crazy Compiz effects.
>> In gconf: '/apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager' Click the box.
>> -Cory K.
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