[Scottish] Holy 3D batman!

Colin McKinnon colin.mckinnon at ntlworld.com
Wed Dec 19 21:35:55 GMT 2007

Hi all,

About a year ago, Lawrence showed me Beryl (the Window manager with cool 
eye-candy accelerated graphics stuff). It was very, very impressive.

I recently had cause to reinstall my [c|t]rusty old laptop (1GHz / 384Mb / 10 
Gb). I was toying with the idea of a solid-state system using PuppyLinux, but 
thought I'd experiment with PCLinuxOS first. I downloaded the latest 
PCLinuxOS which boots up as a Live CD distro with an option for HD install. 
It comes with Beryl as an option. I started up Beryl not expecting anything 
much but was amazed at what it could do with the very basic graphics card 

Certainly not all the effects are supported - but a surprising number of them 
are - in fact my only grumble was that they mostly went so fast that, if you 
blinked, you missed them.

So if you want to impress people (or just want something a bit more funky on 
your desktop) you don't have to have the very latest in 3D hardware to get 
some very impressive results.

Merry Xmas everybody,

Colin McKinnon

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