Thursday, April 27, 2006

Coloured Drop Shadows

Hot on the heels of David's drop shadows patch, MacSlow (of SkyDome fame) has released a patch to change the colour of the shadows.

Here's a patch (against compiz from CVS-head about 30 min. ago) that
adds a shadow_color option to the parameters of the decoration-plugin.
The only thing missing is the compiz.schema. I
dare not touch that XML-file manually. So after you applied the patch,
recompiled compiz and restarted g-w-d and compiz you'll have to fire up
gconf-editor and add a string-parameter with the name shadow_color

You can use the normal HTML-like syntax for defining the wanted color:

#fff or #ffffff -> white
#f00 or #ff0000 -> red
#f73 or #ff7733 -> orange
Finally, here's a screenshot to show you how careful you should be with
chosing your new shadow_color :)

And he really isn't kidding!
Read the mail and get the patch here

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Drop Shadows

I know there is a lot of catching up to do, but I thought if I didn't start blogging again soon I would never be able to catch up!

So, the big news: David (Reveman) has added themeable drop shadows to CVS!
I've now added configurable drop-shadows to g-w-d. You'll need current
CVS version of Xgl, which includes important convolution filter fixes
for properly rendered shadows.


He submitted a patch to the mailing list a while earlier, and this seems to be a full implementation of it.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Temporarily disorganised update

Hi. Who's friend here. I've received brief information in the form of text-messages from Who on the manner in which to update this, so I hope I do the right thing :) I should also point out that I'm not a member of the linux community, let alone the compiz community myself, so I don't know what a lot of this stuff means, or whether it's relevant or not. Hence, probably all updates will be just transcriptions from emails (which I'll check about once a day). Again, I hope Who will straighten things out when he gets back. :)

Stuff emailed to Who since the 8th which seems to be relevant:

  • screen hotspots are in the compiz cvs now.

    Ercin: the expose f-11 type functionality is possible (but limited) using compiz builtins. check the short discussion and Make it Work if you're a decent coder and feel so inclined.

    it's not like expose, exactly, in that it only hides/unhides your windows. nothing fancy at all. but compiz can do this, the functions are available, and they work from a plugin just fine (except that the plugin breaks, and i can't figure out why...) read the post for details.


  • [Posted somewhere by anonymous:] Up and running in the alpha MEPIS 6.0 release - using this how-to

Friday, April 07, 2006


I'm off on holiday for a week over Easter - so I won't be able to update the blog...

However, one of my friends has kindly agreed to post anything that anyone emails to me (mailforwho (at) googlemail [dot] com) to the blog - so as to keep it running

So, if you have some news, or if the QuinDebs get updated, etc - then email me and it'll make its way to the front page.

Don't do anything too special, I don't want to miss out :)

Interesting additions to CVS

David has updated the CVS (thanks to xplode_me for posting this to the forums...)

  • plugins/rotate.c: Add edge flipping support. (probably a lot of Tommie-Lie and Quinn's code from 'edgeflip'
  • plugins/scale.c: Allow corner screen edges to be used for initiating scale mode.

I also didn't comment on a change that was made a while ago: Rain effect added to water - now it seems to do everything xdesktopwaves could do!

CVS changelog here:

Show Desktop with Mindows

aj2r has made a patch for miniwin.c to allow it to work with show desktop applet for Gnome. I haven't actually had time to apply and test this yet - so I can't even say what it _actualy_ does (I.E whether it mindowises all windows or just plain old minimizes them... ) - sorry...think of it as a fun surprise

See the post to the compiz forums here

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Well, it doesn't sound as catchy as QuinnDeb - but it's still mighty useful if you're using SUSE10.1

Cyberorg has made some RPMs for Suse 10.1 and posted them to the new forums.

Get them here

From the post:

Here is the SUSE 10.1 rpm.

Uninstall the default compiz and install this one for additional plugins from quinn's cvs.



Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Compiz Icons

Well, this isn't strictly related to development, but I made 3 icons for Compiz which can be seen below. I'm still at the 'tell me what you think and I'll adjust them' stage - so comment away :)

The colours are from the Tango palette.

Posted here
license: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0

Monday, April 03, 2006

Compiz on AIGLX

iXce has made some packages for Compiz on aiglx, they can be found here

Update: Now version 0.8Ubuntu2

Not really for you if you're using an Nvidia or newer Radeon card - but great for i830-i945

Read all about aiglx here

Quote from the post:
Here are my packages of Compiz-AIGXL on Dapper
They include latest Quinn's CVS (checked 10 mins ago) and latest official CVS improvements (3 hours ago, water.c).
Hope that they will work by you!
(note that the water.c won't work until GL_ARB_fragment_program is included in your Mesa/DRI drivers)

Latest version : 0.0.8-0ubuntu2

ChangeLog :
* 0.0.8-0ubuntu2
- Resynchronize with Quinn's package and latest miniwin
Please note that this package may be reuploaded with the same version number if new bugs are discovered in miniwin before next Quinn's package.
ChangeLog :
* 0.0.8-0ubuntu1
- Resynchronize with latest CVS

The Compiz Forum!

Unnoficial Compiz development, broadly overseen by QuinnStorm has a new home - its very own forum!

The forum uses PunBB and the initial glitches with being ubnable to upload files have been solved now! This seems to be where much of the discussion and development is talking place now.

Huge thanks to iXce (and Thirion indirectly) for organising this!

May the development go on!