Compiz could be back on Linux in no time


With him alone Hearing from Compiz can bring some nostalgia to many of us and mainly for all those who entered the world of Linux and started exploring and modifying their desktops with those great Compiz effects.

From a server actively boot into Linux in what was Ubuntu version 10.04 and from there I have had various GNU / Linux systems on my computers without stopping using them.

In those years he was a sensation in forums and blogs the power Show off your desktop environment with Compiz effects.

Over the years many of the Linux environments and distributions began to have compatibility problems with Compiz.

Old school nostalgia

Meanwhile since Ubuntu 11.04 (which was the change from Gnome to Unity) to 17.04 (last version with Unity, before returning to Gnome) featured the Compiz window manager by default, and the Unity desktop was implemented as a Compiz plugin (after a stagnant Qml port).

Y now a developer that was part of the Compiz project is working on a project again.

Sam spislbury For a long time he was the lead developer on the Compiz project, and Canonical even hired him in 2010 to continue working on the project.

Compiz has long been used in Ubuntu as a window manager, but in connection with the transition to GNOME Shell from Ubuntu 17.10 it was decided to abandon it.

Compiz effects were regularly shown in YouTube videos where Linux users showed their desktops with Compiz animations along with other appearance modifications and where the majority used to share their settings.

Although this is no longer usual today, perhaps because the time of having a desk heavily loaded with old-fashioned elements.

In addition, the Compiz composer began to have problems, because for example in Ubuntu they have Mutter which is very efficient in what it does, it lacks the advanced effects and animations that Compiz offered.

Libanimation, the rebirth of Compiz

This is where Sam Spilsbury, Compiz's former chief developer, comes in. and its new window animation library.

The 'libanimation' project aims to implement shaky windows and other effects on Linux desktop modern in a way that allows third-party window managers to use them.

The Libanimation library that Sam Spilsbury has been working on andIt is designed to be used by programs written in C ++ with an interface written in C ++.

Which in this way makes the library you have been working on compatible with GNOME Shell and also allowing it to be used directly in web applications as well.

In this way all those animations that we remember from Compiz could be back in Linux in a matter of time.

We are talking about window animations such as zoom, bounce, slide, among others that were the most popular at the time.

"Over time, more animations will be added," writes Sam in a blog post.

"I hope the library is useful to authors of other composers or applications and helps preserve some of the most magical parts of Compiz, as the technology itself gets ahead."

It is important to note that this is not a direct replacement for Compiz, nor is it a project that tries to recreate all the functions of it.

En libanimation, the "scene graphics rendering or management" aspect is not handled.

But can provide necessary functions to other administrators and window composers, like Mutter, so they can use it.

Sam knows what he's doing - not only was he the lead developer for Compiz but he was even hired by Canonical to work on it and then the Unity desktop plugin.

Finally, you just have to see how this library is being developed and wait for its integration for the different Linux distributions.

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  1.   Andreale Dicam said

    Hopefully everything goes well, Gnome is no longer the same as before, and not for the better, for the worse. Today it is too modular with many functions but added through extensions that add more weight to the already exaggerated one. Compiz Fusion will not only have to deal with the malfunction of the Gnome Shell, but it will also have to be compatible with each and every one of its extensions. If the project is not assumed by the Gnome Team, there will be a lot of crashes and mother-talk given the structural components of those libraries.

  2.   Williams said

    Well I tell you that in Linux Mint 18. 3 and 19 that I have installed on my two computers I still have COMPIZ as Windows manager, when I activate them in either of them, it works correctly.

    This note gives me to understand that it is that if it does not work in Ubuntu, it does not work in other places (whatever the program is)

    1.    David naranjo said

      Hardware comes into play at least for my part on my computers I have not been able to run compiz due to problems with the composer use the desktop environment I use, I always have the same problem.

    2.    Moses Orostica said

      hello williams, years ago i stopped using linux to make me into the microsoft world, if the comment is avoided hahahaha, it turns out that when i came back i found many changes that i really didn't like and well the nostalgia of using compiz calls me a lot I am a fairly average user and the truth is that I am not very fluent in using the console and all that, but could you tell me if you can still run compiz in mint? My brother recommended me mint so I want to try it to see how it goes.