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Re: Linux and OSX Inspiration

__/ [B Gruff] on Sunday 12 February 2006 13:02 \__

> On Sunday 12 February 2006 09:07 Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> http://www.hardmac.com/news/2006-02-10/#5115
>> When Linux gets inspired by Mac OS X - Yoc - 02:43:28
>> "...But the biggest surprise is the new graphic interface which uses
>> OpenGL to create effects which you are all too familiar with, like window
>> transparency, switching desktops using a large rotating cube, or creating
>> a thumbnail view of a window."
>> Videos included as well. I can't say I agree with the article (e.g.
>> http://freshmeat.net/projects/3ddesktop/ predates it), but it's worth a
>> read. It's very short too.
> Looks good, but are you sure that we should be watching them?
> Problem is, I use SUSE, and according to some (was it tab and Bailo?) in
> this group, I can't do that, can I?  Should I admit to having seen them or
> not, Uncle Roy?
> Confused (U.K.)

I was thinking the same thing over breakfast, but Novell have a commitment
to keeping their SuSE-related projects open to the public. xgl support and
the  rest  of the eye candy must propagate onto SuSE and OpenSuSE  in  due
time. It is rather easy once code and rigorous testing have been put in.

That  said,  I already get all of these goodies apart from  the  revolving
cube,  which  I find disturbing from a pragmatic point-of-view  (3ddesktop
and  metisse [1] would have the same impact). For example, when I wants to
move  to Desktop 8 (KNode), for example, why would I choose to see an ani-
mation rather than have the region of interest appear within milliseconds?
You could argue that translucency plays a certain role and likewise thumb-
nail  view, which has been available for ages (e.g. KasBar which is becom-
ing  more  consistent in terms of rendering). Certtain things  have  their
place only in demos [2].

Optimistic (O.K.)

[1] http://insitu.lri.fr/~chapuis/metisse/
[2] http://archer.oregontel.com/brandon/vista/5219/3d.png

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