Compiz by default

The technical board voted for compiz by default for Ubuntu 7.10! This is a very exciting step. Compiz (and the fusion plugins) will be enabled for new installs on all hardware that supports it. A lot of work was put into making this happen, a special thanks goes to the great compiz and compiz-fusion community.

scale plugin in action

We now need the help of the ubuntu community to find bugs and issue with this new default. Please test current gutsy livecd images. If you run gutsy already, please enable compiz (System/Preferences/Appearance/Desktop Effects) and report any problem to the launchpad bug tracker. We will have to disable it on some hardware because its either too slow or the drivers are not yet good enough to make it a pleasant experience. Real world testing is essential to figure out which ones. It is important that we get as much test coverage as possible on a wide variety of hardware at this stage of development. Please help and report bugs!

8 Responses to “Compiz by default”

  1. elswood Says:

    I don’t find it with kubuntu 7.10! Is this a ubuntu flavor only thing?

  2. Piers Says:

    It’s in packages, but not installed by default. *sigh*

    As far as I can see, it seems to work fine other than having the decorator crash on a rather regular basis.

  3. Piers Says:

    I think we need to get some lobbying (OK, OK, and some hacking/bug reporting) happening here to make sure Kubuntu gets the love it deserves, too…šŸ™‚

  4. Chri Says:

    yes, what about Kubuntu,
    I experience still regular crashes, and switching back from a standard user session back to a compiz session doesn’t work at all.

  5. Tim Kersten Says:

    Hi Michael,

    The last several days all the latest cd builds for live and alternative have been > 700mb and hence cannot be burned to cd.

    Regards,
    Tim

  6. Marius Gedminas Says:

    Compiz works pretty well for me, with three exceptions:

    * It crashes sometimes, and I’m left with metacity and all the windows on the same workspace, after a short (several second) pause during which the machine appears to be dead. I don’t know how to reproduce the crashes, so filing a bug report would be useless. My ~/.xsession-errors has only “Segmentation fault (core dumped)”, but there are no core files thanks to the default ulimits.

    * Using xrandr causes compiz to stop updating the display properly (some people see a static corrupted screen, some see a blank screen, I see both split over parts of the two monitors). There are already bugs reported about this in launchpad.

    * gnome clock applet’s calendar popup appears below all windows, i.e. invisible when I’ve got a maximized firefox. I’ll go and file a bug now (unless I find it’s already reported).

  7. ch4rm Says:

    With compiz on, I can’t go fullscreen in 3D games (like Warcraft 3). The gnome deskbars (top and bottom) remain while the game runs. Not sure how this can be fixed. Typically Desktop Effects must be turned off before running these games.

  8. Idetrorce Says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

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