Linux users can now boast of a better 3D desktop because of efforts from Novell. Novell is contributing a new graphics subsystem called “Xgl” and the associated “Compiz” compositing manager to the granddaddy of all Linux and UNIX windowing infrastructures, X.org.
This move has brought the interest of various graphics chip vendors like Intel, ATI and Nvidia.
Xgl enables *nix systems to fully take advantage of 3-D acceleration hardware. Xgl according to Novell’s description is the X server architecture layered on top of OpenGL. The new enhancements enable a long list of capabilities for Linux that include improved 3-D capabilities and more fluid “fancy” desktop animations and transitions.
This new Xgl will run below KDE or GNOME (the two most popular desktop environments). It is just the X framework with added 3D features. This will provide better driver support from the various chip vendors.
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Check out these video demonstrations of Novell Desktop Linux 10. Transparent Video, being dragged around the screen, while playing, and the window “Wobbles” while you drag it. Also switching virtual desktops looks cool (does a 3D cube affect). Looks like Alt-Tab switching is cool, and looks like it has “expose” type affects like Mac OS X.
Koobox is a sub $300 GNU/Linux desktop released by Mirus which runs on Linspire GNU/Linux. Though Ubuntu has an OEM installation, I still haven’t used Linspire GNU/Linux.
There are three models that are available with Koobox.
- Essential: $299
- Multimedia: $399
- Performance: $499
Currently it is available only in US and I wonder when it will be available in India. And how much successfull it could be here.
People are now providing free remote KDE desktops via NX. I think this is a really cool idea by CosmoPOD, where they provide
Free 1GB online to store and edit your emails, office documents, calander, organizer, photos and files, chat to friends play games surf the web even faster and more from any computer on your own personal online desktop and access it from anywhere in the world.
This is a real boon to people who frequently travel and have access only to a computer with internet connection and are unable to install their favourite operating system.