Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Yahoo! Xgl works on my redeon card


While the title of this post isn't affiliated with Yahoo Inc., that was my reaction soon after I re-emerge Xgl and compiz with the paint_patch enabled.

Now it works perfectly.. well except for the F12 compose like effect. No more black patches on the screen.

Gentoo does really rock! when you need to be on the bleeding edge as after I switched to the latest unofficial portage overlay called xgl-coffee, I got the transparent patch that allows me to easily make any focused window transparent, simply using Alt+mouse wheel as well as an all important kdelibs patch that allows applications to be minimized to the system tray.

As you can see in the screenshot, I'm running Xgl on kde (using gnome-window-decorator for now since kde-wondow-decorator is not ready) with full transparency and other nice effects. Here is the custom script I use to load kde.

echo ">Starting XGL at Display: $1"
echo "========= XGL ============"
# If nvidia or any other
#Xgl :$1 -ac -accel xv -accel glx:pbuffer &
# If ati
Xgl :$1 -ac -accel xv:pbuffer -accel glx:pbuffer &
sleep 3
echo "======= COMPIZ ==========="
DISPLAY=:$1 LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/opengl/xorg-x11/lib/ compiz --replace decoration wobbly fade switcher minimize cube rotate zoom scale move resize place opacity &
sleep 3
echo "====== DECORATIONS ======="
DISPLAY=:$1 gnome-window-decorator &
#DISPLAY=:$1 kde-window-decorator &
echo "======= Kde ============"
DISPLAY=:$1 /usr/kde/3.5/bin/startkde &

The only other important thing missing is 3D direct-rendering, which I hope will be resolved soon! I also had the liberty of checking out the Xgl livecd (again based on Gentoo ;) on my Nvidia barebone system and it works awesomely great! Superfast, no flicker.... absolutely stunning!

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