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Linux 3D Desktop

Chris Avis points out some videos of a Linux 3D interface, one with far more graphical flourish than you’d see in Windows or Mac OS. I’ve grabbed some Google Videos for you to see it in action:

Here you get a good idea of the cube-based interface.

Here you can see some of the windows management and tranparency (which is overdone to the point of being useless.

This video has narration to explain some of the capabilities.

Here you can see that the windows are “rubbery”, so that they kind of bend and twist a little when you drag them around.

That last video is much longer, at it gets into everything.

So, what is this?

Compiz is built on a new X server, named Xgl, which in turn employs the OpenGL graphics layer Glitz. Compiz was released by Novell in January 2006 in the wake of a new Xgl version.

Confused? Now you understand why so few people use Linux for personal computing. Even the best stuff they have isn’t simple enough for the average person to try out, let alone consider using on a daily basis. Everytime I try using Linux, I run into a steep learning curve that makes me quit. There just isn’t enough of a benefit for all that grief.

Plain and simple: I have a Dell laptop running Pentium M and an ATI Mobility Radeon. Standard, popular parts. If there is a CD/DVD I can burn and run to install this, I’d try it. If I have to hit a command line or compile anything, I’m out.

May 24th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Linux | one comment
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  1. I’m sorry…. What’s so hard? It has features. You can use them or not. Where’s the “steep” learning curve. Please don’t act stupid. Don’t fear things because the bill’s company tells you to!

    Comment by graham | 7/29/2006

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