Compiz integrated in OpenSolaris 2008.05


Compiz is now available out of the box in OpenSolaris 2008.05 (and also since nevada build 85).

To enable it you just need to start the GNOME appearance preference dialog. You do not need to install additional packages everything is integrated :)
It is located on Opensolaris 2008.05 under System->Preferences->Appearance-> Visual effect tab.


appearance location in OpenSolaris 2008.05


In nevada it's located under Start Menu->Preferences->Appearance-> Visual effect tab


appearance location in nevada


If your system is capable of running compiz you'll see the following dialog :



visual effect tab screenshot


To enable compiz select either the normal or extra settings and that's it :)

If you want to customize your compiz fusion plugins settings you can access the compiz settings manager either via the preferences button or via system->preferences->CompizConfig Settings Manager.


If you are presented with these choices and you know your hardware doesn't support compiz you might be hitting bug 1408.


If you find bugs in either the desktop integration of compiz or compiz itself let me know by logging a bug at defect.opensolaris.org.

Comments:

I'm really enjoying using this feature on Indiana, it makes the system feel a little less "clunky". The "Extra" is a little bit too much, kind of like the default theme Raster put on e17 until very recently.

Posted by Che Kristo on May 02, 2008 at 06:22 AM CEST #

i have problems with the intel 915 graphics card and i was told there is a known problem with it, is there any workaround?

Posted by nacho on May 02, 2008 at 02:00 PM CEST #

Nacho,

The intel problem is logged as bug #1334. http://defect.opensolaris.org/bz/show_bug.cgi?id=1334.

The only workaround for the moment is not to use compiz until the driver is fixed :/

Posted by Erwann on May 02, 2008 at 02:06 PM CEST #

Sorry, i don't get it. What we are looking for in Indiana is a good alternative to GNU/Linux as a workstation OS. Not "bling".

We like OpenSolaris for it's technology. No need to look like all those distros-du-jour.

Posted by Vasilis on May 02, 2008 at 05:59 PM CEST #

@Vasilis

I'm sorry you don't get it. I think you are looking at Indiana as a workstation OS and that is fine. I personally use Indiana as a home desktop OS much like other people use a Mac or Windows. I don't think that your objective and mine are mutually exclusive. For starters - by default Compiz in not enabled, don't want it, dont enable it. If it irks you just having it there you can always uninstall the SUNWcompiz package...

If we work together on our common objectives and resolve our conflicting ones in an equitable way we can have a platform that suits you me and many other people. That larger community is worth more than the things I give up to accomodate others - I hope this resonates with you also

Posted by Ché Kristo on May 02, 2008 at 11:10 PM CEST #

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