|| ||Jeffrey Laramie <imnotpc-AT-ubaight.com>|
|| ||Compiz Fusion Release 0.5.2 is out!|
|| ||Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:15:46 -0400|
Compiz Fusion Release 0.5.2 is out!
This is the first development release of Compiz Fusion, the result of more
than six months of work and polish. The first stable release, 0.6.0, will
follow after the Compiz 0.6.0 release.
Compiz Fusion is the result of a merge between the Compiz community plugin
set "Compiz Extras" and the parts of the Beryl project that are independent
of the window manager core. The two communities have re-united to create a
user experience for Linux that rivals anything available on other platforms.
The merge between Compiz and Beryl, combined with the continuing increase in
stability, reliability, and usability both in Compiz, Compiz Fusion and the
surrounding software environment (better driver support and so on), means
Compiz Fusion will be included in many more distributions. Compiz and Compiz
Fusion will be enabled by default in some of them, making Compiz usage easier
The Compiz Fusion 0.5.2 tarballs are available at
http://releases.compiz-fusion.org/0.5.2/ . You can verify these tarballs
using the sha1sums in
http://releases.compiz-fusion.org/0.5.2/compiz-fusion-0.5... , which are
signed by Compiz Fusion Release Team GPG key (C2B8F46E) at
http://releases.compiz-fusion.org/0.5.2/compiz-fusion-0.5... . The
matching Compiz Core tarball is available in the compiz/ subdirectory.
This release includes:
Compiz Plugin sets (Plugins are split into three packages according to their
usefulness and stability.):
Animation: Animations for window open, close, minimize/restore, focus and
Colourfilter: Provides various filters to improve accessibility to vision
Expo: Displays all viewports and allows the movement of a window from one
viewport to another.
Enhanced Zoom (ezoom): Improved version of the Zoom plugin, featuring
interaction with windows while zooming, plus several accessibility
improvements such as focus tracking.
Jpeg: Adds jpeg images support to Compiz.
Neg: Shows negatives of windows.
Opacify: Reduce opacity of windows overlapping the window currently hovered
over by the mouse pointer.
Put: Adds bindings to move windows to several positions.
Resizeinfo: Provides a small information window about the window dimensions
during window resize.
Ring: An alternative application switcher plugin that arranges all windows in
Scaleaddon: Improves Compiz Scale plugin by displaying hovered windows titles
or highlighting the currently selected window.
Shift: An alternative application switcher plugin that provides a 3D view of
the switching process.
Snap: Adds snapping during window movement if the wobbly plugin is disabled.
Text: Offers pango-cairo based text rendering for different plugins.
Thumbnail: Shows a small thumbnail of a window if the mouse is over its entry
in the taskbar.
Vpswitch: Uses mouse actions performed on the background to change the
Wall: Arranges all viewports as a wall and features visual sliding between
viewports as well as a preview window during switching.
Winrules: Enables setting of window properties by matching them by name,
type, or other criteria.
Workarounds: Features several workarounds to improve behavior of legacy
applications and such.
Addhelper: Darkens unfocused windows so the user can concentrate on the
Bench: Displays the current frames per second as a simple benchmark.
Crashhandler: Creates a backtrace of a compiz crash and is able to start an
alternative window manager.
Cubecaps: Displays top and bottom caps on Compiz Cube.
Cubereflex: Adds a reflective ground to the Compiz Cube plugin.
ExtraWM: Adds additional window manager actions to Compiz.
Fadedesktop: Fades windows out to display the desktop background.
Firepaint: Draw with fire on the screen.
Gears: Renders the famous "glxgears" gears inside of the transparent cube.
Goto-Viewport: Switches to a given viewport by pressing a keybinding and the
Group: Enables the grouping of windows to resize and move them, and the
tabbing of several windows together.
Motion blur (mblur): Creates a motion blur for different screen animations.
Reflex: Draws a reflection behind transparent areas of a window.
Scalefilter: Provides a way to filter and select windows by title while using
the Compiz Scale plugin.
Showdesktop: Slides all windows toward the edges of the screen to expose the
Splash: Displays a simple animated splash image.
Trailfocus: Gradually dims windows as other windows gain focus.
Widget: Features a widget layer similar to OS X Dashboard.
Fakeargb: Makes a special color of a window transparent.
Mswitch: Enables the switching of viewports with mouse gestures.
Snow: Displays falling snow over the desktop and windows.
Tile: Enables the tiling of windows on the desktop in a manner similar to
compiz-bcop: BCOP is a code generator that provides an easy way to handle
plugin options by generating parts of the plugin code directly from the xml
metadata file. It is used for most of the Compiz Fusion plugins.
emerald: An alternative themeable window decorator.
emerald-themes: Different themes for emerald.
A brand new Compiz configuration system:
libcompizconfig: Libcompizconfig is an alternative configuration system for
compiz and provides the following features:
- Automatic plugin list generation.
- Import/Export of the current configuration.
- Configuration profiles.
- Parsing of Compiz metadata files to provide an easy to use API for
- Conflict handling for plugins and actions.
- Support for different configuration storage backends.
- Desktop environment integration. If a backend provides desktop
environment integration, then Compiz will share the keybindings and settings
with the default desktop environment window manager like metacity or kwin.
- Its own Compiz configuration plugin "ccp" to provide all features of
libcompizconfig with compiz.
compizconfig-backend-kconfig: The kconfig backend for CompizConfig. It uses
the KDE configuration system to store the compiz configuration and provides
integration into the KDE desktop environment.
compizconfig-backend-gconf: The gconf backend for CompizConfig. It uses the
Gnome configuration system and provides integration into the Gnome desktop
compizconfig-python: Python bindings for the compizconfig library.
compizconfig-settings-manager(ccsm): A fully featured Python/GTK based
settings manager for the CompizConfig system.
We'd like to thank everyone who contributed their time and skills to our
project. Compiz Fusion was made possible by our dedicated developers,
administrators, translators, and testers. These individuals gave their time
freely to a project they believed in, and we are all grateful for their
We hope you will enjoy using Compiz Fusion as much as we enjoyed writing it!
- The Compiz Fusion Team.
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