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    Default what is the difference between desktop effects & compiz?

    Hello,

    It sounds like a stupid question, but I still want to know what is the difference between desktop effect & compiz in KDE4? If I enable desktop effect from personal settings-desktop, system gives me some effect such as transparency. If I enable desktop-effect from SCCM, it gives me more complex effect such as desktop cube, however I lost the keyboard shortcut, such as switching between desktops. So is the complexity the only difference? Is compiz consuming more resource or there is rarely difference on this?

    I know openSUSE 11 by default enables composite and uses Aiglx. So what if I enable both desktop effect from personal settings & compiz simultaneously?

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: what is the difference between desktop effects & compiz?

    Hi chinese_ys,

    Welcome to SUSE! I'm not entirely sure on this one, but I believe that if you enable desktop effects in Yast, then you are enabling compiz.

    SCCM that you we're using allows you to customise the effects that are being used.

    Enjoy,

    James
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    Default Re: what is the difference between desktop effects & compiz?

    chinese ys wrote:

    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > It sounds like a stupid question, but I still want to know what is the
    > difference between desktop effect & compiz in KDE4? If I enable desktop
    > effect from personal settings-desktop, system gives me some effect such
    > as transparency. If I enable desktop-effect from SCCM, it gives me more
    > complex effect such as desktop cube, however I lost the keyboard
    > shortcut, such as switching between desktops. So is the complexity the
    > only difference?
    >
    > I know 11 by default enable composite and using Aiglx. So what if I
    > enable them both simultaneously?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    >

    me thinks that they are 2 different composite managers, kwin in kde4 has the
    ability to do a lot of window affects on it's own

    this should explain http://dot.kde.org/1180541665/
    --
    Suse 11.0 x64, Kde 3.5.9, Gnome 2.20, Opera 9.x weekly

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    Quote Originally Posted by google01103 View Post
    chinese ys wrote:

    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > It sounds like a stupid question, but I still want to know what is the
    > difference between desktop effect & compiz in KDE4? If I enable desktop
    > effect from personal settings-desktop, system gives me some effect such
    > as transparency. If I enable desktop-effect from SCCM, it gives me more
    > complex effect such as desktop cube, however I lost the keyboard
    > shortcut, such as switching between desktops. So is the complexity the
    > only difference?
    >
    > I know 11 by default enable composite and using Aiglx. So what if I
    > enable them both simultaneously?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    >

    me thinks that they are 2 different composite managers, kwin in kde4 has the
    ability to do a lot of window affects on it's own

    this should explain The Road to KDE 4: KWin Composite Brings Bling to KDE
    --
    Suse 11.0 x64, Kde 3.5.9, Gnome 2.20, Opera 9.x weekly
    However, unlike KWin, compiz (and compiz-fusion) are not KDE-only (I, for example, have GNOME, not KDE4 or even KDE 3.x, as my default). Also, compiz (and compiz-fusion) bring a lot more effects to the table than KWin does (even in KDE4).

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    Default Re: what is the difference between desktop effects & compiz?

    Quote Originally Posted by google01103 View Post
    chinese ys wrote:

    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > It sounds like a stupid question, but I still want to know what is the
    > difference between desktop effect & compiz in KDE4? If I enable desktop
    > effect from personal settings-desktop, system gives me some effect such
    > as transparency. If I enable desktop-effect from SCCM, it gives me more
    > complex effect such as desktop cube, however I lost the keyboard
    > shortcut, such as switching between desktops. So is the complexity the
    > only difference?
    >
    > I know 11 by default enable composite and using Aiglx. So what if I
    > enable them both simultaneously?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    >

    me thinks that they are 2 different composite managers, kwin in kde4 has the
    ability to do a lot of window affects on it's own

    this should explain The Road to KDE 4: KWin Composite Brings Bling to KDE
    --
    Suse 11.0 x64, Kde 3.5.9, Gnome 2.20, Opera 9.x weekly
    I do not if this is necessary, but in order to still use the same desktop effect setting after a reboot, I must enable "desktop effects" from personal settings and enable desktop effect in SCCM together. So I guess there is some connection or relationship between them. I am using openSUSE 11 64bit.

    thanks,

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