Ok, I have to admit that the install (I normally reinstall which is no problem since my
home has its own partition) wasn’t easy at all. Grub wasn’t set up properly, and I had to reinstall it with the repair tools. Additionally
localhost (!) wasn’t set up right for ipv4 which I had to correct as well. But after that everything worked fine.
And I have to admit, the new system works great. Ok, sure, since FC is a de-facto GNOME distribution, most of the improvements are there – but that’s ok, I know how to change my way to get KDE running on the provided system 🙂
The most impressive improvement is the complete integration of AIGLX into FC. In GNOME you even have a small GUI to change Metacity to Compiz, or back. And compiz comes along with a set of already preconfigured plugins, and with these you get the already very well known 3D possibilities.
Another special thing for me was the new X.Org-Server, version 7.1: this one comes along with a very much improved
radeon driver which allows me to run Compiz on my ATI radeon 7something with at least enough performance to enjoy Compiz. The current proprietary driver from ATI, fglrx, is not able to run with Compiz on AIGLX!
After I tested out all that stuff on GNOME I wanted to see how it performs in KDE. For that you just have to place the following code in
Exec=compiz --replace gconf & gnome-window-decorator &
That should do the trick. After that: well, just enjoy Compiz 😉
However, one thing: you will not be able to use more than one background image with Compiz atm, and you will not be able to use your Window Pager with Compiz – there is a patch for that available at kde-apps, but it looks like this is not upstream…
Superstoned mentioned that the window pager problem is fixed in KDE 3.5.5. So this problem will be fixed with the next KDE update. The thing left is that you will always see all tasks in the task bar, regardless of the desktop they are shown on.