I already blogged about Xgl and showed some screenshots. One disadvantage from my point of view was that these experiments were done within GNOME and that I had no Idea if this would work with KDE. After some told me that it would I had no idea how well it would work, so the basic problem persisted 😉
But, again, Kororaa which gathered quite a lot of interest due to providing the first Xgl live Linux CD filled the gap with their live CD version 0.2: the new versions comes along with the option to log into a KDE session.
So I had a look at it – and it works nice, almost just like the GNOME version. Here are the usual screenshots, but they are not much different from what I offered before.
First some things I missed last time:
The smooth zoom gives the ability to fully zoom into the picture continuous and live.
Something else I didn’t show were the wobbling windows:
Another nice feature added with this kororaa version is the Xgl-action script: it adds a screen saver running live as part of the whole desktop. Here is a screenshot with a video running underneath it as well as transparency added to several windows.
The other screenshots were just taken to test if everything works as expected:
The cube with the video on it’s edge – this time realised with Kaffeine:
Live preview with transparency (that what I really would like to have right here right now 🙂 ):
Overview zoom with live preview:
The same, but with a lot more transparency:
And to verify that I was really using KDE:
Ok, enough screenshots, something about the handling and the pro and cons:
The handling was nice – everything worked out of the box and quite similar as in GNOME, so they (read: Xgl developers) really meant it serious when they said they will implement it desktop agnostic.
The only thing which was really missing was the virtual desktop switcher: the KDE desktop panel did only show one desktop, and I wasn’t able to convince it to show more to just switch them by mouse.
Another thing which was quite surprising was that the ksnapshot tool which I used to make the screenshots here was not affected by the wobbling at all – it was as static as usual which comes probably out of the fact that it behaves different even on a normal desktop in serveral ways, I think. Nevertheless it was a kind of surprise!
There were hardly things I noticed besides that – but I was just testing for around 5 minutes, nothing more, and I didn’t try to play any 3D game nor did I try to load old programs or stuff like that. But since Xgl is still in early development this is acceptable.
I just hope that this stuff (either in the form of Xgl or in the form of AIGLX) finds it’s way into the normal Linux destkop so that KDE can not only run on top of it but can really take usage of this stuff 🙂