Posted Jun 10, 2010 14:13 UTC (Thu) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183)
Parent article: A look at GNOME Shell
I've complained about this before in other places, but what effects does GNOME Shell actually use that require an accelerated 3D graphics card? I don't have hardware I can use it on without installing a proprietary driver (which I haven't yet bothered doing), but it looks to me from the videos I saw as if most of the time things are running with all windows at their normal size at their normal angle relative to the viewer, and from time to time they are zoomed in and out. I really don't see why that needs accelerated hardware. I do understand that they are using a generic engine (Clutter) for this which can do lots of other fancy things that won't work as well without acceleration, but surely this sort of edge case could be detected somewhere in the stack and fall back and work nicely even without acceleration.