[sclug] using Xgl and Beryl

John Barron mail at europa.demon.co.uk
Fri Oct 20 22:29:05 UTC 2006

Playing around with this...

following the Ubuntu wiki, Xgl installed nicely enough, compiz/compiz-kde 
weren't going to do so, apt-get wasn't happy with it. Beryl, however, loaded 
and worked fine, after referring to the compiz and beryl instructions on the 

KDE has been my usual desktop, however with Xgl/Beryl enabled I found 
performance rather sluggish, perhaps because my machine is not very new or 
well-endowed (256MB RAM, 32MB nVidia video card). So I was trying it out with 
Xfce/Xgl/Beryl, which seems much more comfortable - maybe I should stick with 
Xfce :-)

Effects are very pretty, not sure how much it really adds to usability and 
productivity, though it does look great. A couple of screenshots here:

better still would be to find some convenient way to take a short video of the 
screen display, since you need to see it moving to really show this stuff 
off. Any suggestions?


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