Compiz Fusion, our first release. 0.5.2

This is it. The news you have all been waiting for…

Compiz Fusion Release 0.5.2 is out!

Compiz Fusion is the result of a merge between the Compiz community plugin set “Compiz Extras” and the window manager core independent parts of the “Beryl” project. Both Compiz Extras and Beryl have left important marks on in how we look at Window management, and with the merge, you no longer have to choose which one to use. The release marks a milestone as our first release and six months since the last release of Beryl.

We now have a composite window manager that is stable and more feature-packed than ever before. The community and developers have spent countless hours working on and improving the Compiz core, plugins, the configuration system, the configuration application and artwork.

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 is included in many more distributions, many of which are using it as the default window manager when possible. Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon and openSUSE 10.3 included.

Finally, we would like to thank our enthusiastic and supportive community for helping us move forwards. We really could not have done this without your suggestions, bug reports and continued support. Thank you.

So without further ado and ramble, the Compiz Fusion team presents to you : Compiz Fusion, Version 0.5.2

NOTE : This is a Development Preview! There are still some major bugs! Do not install this on production machines. Our first stable release will be Compiz Fusion 0.6.0

New for both Compiz and Beryl users

 

* New Plugins:
- Firepaint
— Like the ‘water’ plugin, draw fire anywhere on screen.
Enhanced Zoom
— Zoom and continue to interact with your programs, designed with the visually impaired in mind.
Colorfilter plugin
— Filter windows or screen colors to enhance contrast or help low-visioned users.
Desktop Expo
— View all desktops at a glance and move windows between them with a beautiful reflective effect.
Mouse Switch, Viewport Mouse Switch and Goto-Viewport
— Switch viewports by scrolling on the desktop, by using mouse gestures or simply by pressing that viewport’s number.
Cube Atlantis and Cube Gears
— Renders an aquarium or gears inside the transparent cube.
Cube Reflection
— Draws a reflection underneath the cube.
- Cube Caps
— Allows drawing of cube caps on top and bottom and having a slideshow of images on the caps of your cube.
Scale Addons
— Adds titles to your scaled windows and highlights them when they are hovered over.
Scale Window Title Filter
— Type the name of a window in scale mode and the windows will filter out as you type.
Resize Info
— Metacity like window resize information, with Cairo-composited goodness.
Extra Window Management Actions
— Fullscreen, focus, toggle always-on-top and sticky all with the stroke of a key.
Ring Switcher
— Switch between windows in a ring, with windows at the back getting darker and a cool new animation
Shift Switcher
— Switch between windows in a Flip3D style or in a Cover Flow style with a cool reflection effect.
Window Rules
— With the new window matching system, match windows by name, title and type to assign rules to them, like always-on-top.

* Other new features:
– Multiple resize modes added from Beryl and improved
– Transparent cube re-written and now faster
– Group and Tab plugin now has much smoother and aesthetic effects
– New animations for the Animation plugin
— ‘Airplane’ effect folds windows up into a paper airplane and makes it fly away.
— ‘Dodge’ effect makes windows move out of the way when you focus one behind them.
— ‘Fold’ effect folds windows up and unfolds them on open.
— ‘Skewer’ effect divides your windows in to parts and manipulates them.
– Set as many different animations as you like, you are now no longer limited to 2 Open/Close animations
– Most minimize animations now go to the taskbar where it makes sense

* New Settings System
– A new settings system LibCompizConfig and manager CCSM, written in C and Python respectively enables you to configure the large amount of plugins. It features
— Backends
—– GNOME Storage Backend (GConf)
—– KDE Storage Backend (KConfig)
—– Flat-File Storage Backend (INI)
– Search
— You can now filter out for plugins using the information bar on the left.
— Advanced Search
—– Allows you to filter for options and option short descriptions.
—– Breadcrumb navigation style through the options
—– Profile Import/Export support in all backends
—– Each plugin has its own button in the main window, allowing for easy navigation and enabling / disabling of plugins.
– Conforms to GNOME Settings Guidelines

* Translations :
— We now have Compiz Fusion translated into these languages:
— Dutch
— Spanish
— French
— Swedish
— Portuguese
— Chinese
— English

Obtaining Compiz Fusion

Compiz Fusion can be obtained from your distributions packager or complied from the release tarball. Compiz Fusion distribution setup and packages can be found here:

OpenSUSE 10.2


Fedora 7


Ubuntu Linux 7.04 and 7.10

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-0.5.2.sha1 , which are signed by Compiz Fusion Release Team GPG key (C2B8F46E) at http://releases.compiz-fusion.org/0.5.2/compiz-fusion-0.5.2.sha1.asc . The matching Compiz Core tarball is available in the compiz/ subdirectory.

Instructions on upgrading from Beryl can be found here

For more information, see onestone’s forum post here

We hope you will enjoy using Compiz Fusion as much as we enjoyed writing it!

- The Compiz Fusion Team.

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99 thoughts on “Compiz Fusion, our first release. 0.5.2

  1. Great job on the first release, it’s very exciting to see all the progress made in such a short time. ATI users all over the world are crying because they still can’t use it…

  2. Compiz Fusion has improved the image of the Linux desktop tremendously in the last few months. I still get blank stares when people ask me what the hell that was when I flip the cube. Priceless. Thanks everyone.

  3. Brillant is the right way to describe it. I have had more people interested in Linux than ever before since I started using Compiz Fusion.

    Thank you for doing great job and for fusing Compiz and Beryl back together and capitalizing on the best of both projects!

  4. Ive been using this project since it had to be compiled manually, and good god you all have done a magnificent job. Thank you very much for all the hard work and dedication!

  5. Too bad my laptop doesn’t support it!
    Well, as soon as Dell Belgium offer pre-installed ubuntu laptop (without paying windows vi$ta licence), I’m IN :)
    You make a real difference in user experience, thx !

  6. Think of it this way: most (if not all) apple OS visual cues come directly from the open source community idea pool. All microsoft visual cues follow apple’s. So, in digression, your team and the Emerald team are shaping the way we look at object-oriented graphical display.
    Congratulations.

  7. Yup.. It’s break throughs like this, that will eventually lure the rest of the MS-Windows population back to reality & into what is more sensable.

    Keep them comming gang. Great Job. This blows Microsoft’s WOW experience right into the next solar system.

    Cheers,

  8. Great job, good to see a release. Hopefully the performance issues that I’ve found under nvidia twinview are fixed or minimalized soon. With one screen, blazing fast, soon as I enable my second monitor, it almost seems like it reverts to software rendering, it’s slow, slow, slow :(

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  10. What do you mean ATI users can’t use it? I installed Mandriva Spring 2007 on my Thinkpad T60 with mobility radeon X1300 chip.
    It installed compiz by default, detected and configured my Xorg.conf file whithout any modification on my part, and ran perfectly on the first try.!

  11. Not convinced.

    I’ve tried this first release on my ASUS A6KmQ007H laptop equiped with a NVIDIA GeForce 7300Go on a freshly installed Kubuntu i386 and default nvidia-glx-new driver and launched it by
    compiz –replace ccp&
    (as mentionned in the forum, but nowhere else)

    Finally here are my thoughts :

    – awfully slow compared to beryl.
    – difficult to find and set shortcuts (although there’s a real improvement with the settings manager).
    – unstable : transparencies on windows activate for nothing sometimes.
    – using the mouse rolling button on top of windows make it crash right away.
    – No systray icon to access to the window decorator parameters.
    – no help in the compiz command (in terminal)

    Uninstalling everything and putting beryl alone from the official deposit worked fine, as usual.

    So for me at present, it’s more like 80 % of crappy Compiz stuff that made me rush to beryl a while ago and 20 % beryl plugins.

    I hope you’ll make something better within the next few months since otherwise, I think I have to save the deb packages of beryl right now to be able to use it later….

    Good luck though.

  12. I shifted sideways from an ATI x1600 Pro to an nVidia 7600Gs when Compiz Fusion refused to work on the latest Sabayon distro: it’s that important to me.

    Compiz represents the Future of Desktop Computing, and is the absolute best weapon Linux has in any drive toward greater mainstream uptake. Show people the cube and jaws simply drop. “what was that?!?” Show them more and you can see each effect (particularly if that effect provides a practical advantage) nudging their world-view away from flat, boring old 2D interfaces; excitement starts coming off them in palpable waves.

    Here’s hoping this project matures into a rock-solid, stable platform for everyone in the very near future. Great work, guys – keep it coming!

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