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Sunday, September 10th, 2006

I was very pleased to see John Vivirito announcing a desktop-effects team for Ubuntu, that will focus on the integration of 3D technology into the desktop like Xgl, Compiz and AIGLX. Folks who are interested in that stuff and want to help make Ubuntu rock in that department please join the team! We’re particularly interested in people who have strong OpenGL experience.

42 comments:

  1. QuinnStorm says: (permalink)
    September 10th, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    Just happened to notice this post, hadn’t heard of the team yet. I hope that the community compiz work makes its way into this, and would be glad to help with integration efforts in any way I can.

  2. Trimbo says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 1:45 am

    Why does Ubuntu need this? As I’ve pointed out on my blog recently with respect to Web 2.0, cycles spent on flash add up when it comes to electricity. When doing operations like this, the GPU is fired up with pixel shaders all the time just to handle simple 2D windows. My 2.8ghz P4 with a 6600 takes 20W extra just to run Vista… and that’s when it’s idle. For what purpose? Just to have semi-transparent window border?

    When you put these numbers across millions of machines, it becomes frightening. Someday we the software guys are going to have to own up to the responsibility we have towards making more efficient software for the good of the environment, not just creating more flash/hype and hooking the responsibility on the hardware guys.

    PS-Obviously I am not letting Microsoft off the hook on this one.

  3. SpamBadger says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 1:46 am

    ATI better get their shit togather and make some linux drivers that arent completly useless. Otherwise im buying another nvidia.

  4. RMorris84 says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 2:25 am

    Can’t wait to see what U can’t accomplish.

  5. Ubuntu launches new desktop effects team - Corvillus says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 2:34 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth reports that a new team has been created to oversee the integration of new desktop effects into the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Specifically, this team is responsible for integrating XGL, AIGLX and Compiz into Ubuntu for ease of installation. This is definitely a good idea, because at the moment getting your native composited X server of choice and Compiz up can be quite daunting for a new user. (If you’re interested in seeing exactly how to do this, this post might be useful to you). This is definitely a good move, when you consider the high quality visual effects Mac OS X already has, and by all indications Vista will bring. [...]

  6. Jerk says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 4:13 am

    That will make it look great. Know what else would make it look great? Get rid of the brown & orange theme. Yuck.

    Also, I like to eat ham.

  7. kev009 says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 4:14 am

    Ubuntu doesn’t even have Xen support yet..

  8. H to the Ollis says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 4:22 am

    Just what I was waiting to hear. Effing sweet!

  9. Justin says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 5:06 am

    I would rather see the ability to dynamically reconfigure my monitor configuration like I can in Windows and Mac OS X without stopping Xorg, manually editing the Xorg.conf, and starting back into X. Having a laptop with two docking stations I have three different monitor configurations, but I only ever run Linux (dapper drake) when not docked, because I’m tired of changing the configuration. I want to connect the monitor, open a control panel, enable a checkbox, set the resolution for the new monitor, and be done with it. The DDC module already accurately reports the valid Modelines for all the supported resolutions of all three configurations I have, so why do I still have to type it all into the config file manually?

    I will add that XGL is running beautifully on my laptop, and sure makes for a more pleasant user experience.

  10. zas says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 5:30 am

    Sign her up! Quinn has been doing stellar work for the compiz community. Also, from what I hear she is currently available for employment.

  11. Kernel Source » Nace el equipo Ubuntu-desktop-effects says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 8:47 am

    [...] Leo en el weblog de Mark Shuttleworth que acaba de crearse el equipo Ubuntu-desktop-effects con el objetivo de integrar tecnologías 3D como Xgl, Compiz o AIGLX en el escritorio de Ubuntu y ayudar a los usuarios en su configuración (canal #ubuntu-xgl en irc.freenode.net). Si estás interesado en el tema puedes unirte al equipo. PDF [...]

  12. Christian says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Very cool!
    Ubuntu simply rocks ;-)

  13. 本日書籤 « penk - Keep on rockin’ in the free world says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    [...] http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/57 [...]

  14. Leon Bollerup says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Dear Mark

    I heard thru a friend that you are very commited to work in Africa.

    I would like to share some thoughts with you regards the 100$ pc projekt and my Project “ORCA Desktop”

    Could you please contact me on ceo@orcaa.com

    Kind Regards
    Leon Bollerup
    Team ORCA

    ps.
    For a demo of ORCA – please goto http://login.orcadesktop.com

  15. WinLux Blog » Blog Archiv » Ubuntu bekommt ein eigenes Entwickler-Team für XGL says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth, der große Finanzier und Boss von den Ubuntu Entwicklern zeigte sich in seinem Blog sehr erfreut über den Entwicklerzuwachs. [...]

  16. Intangir says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Quinn are you going to be a part of this?, i hope your versions are used as a starting point, it wouldnt make any sense for the different groups to work seperately.., especially since your versions work so well on ubuntu, and are recommended in the ubuntu wiki

  17. suzie666 says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Yeah, go ahead Quinn.
    I love the stuff you’ve already made. 8)

  18. Bas Hekking says: (permalink)
    September 11th, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    I would love to see Xgl and Compiz (and things alike) better integrated into Ubuntu. I think this is defenitely the way to win a few hearts. The programmers who switched to mac for the obvious reasons will have a reason to switch back again. Using Ubuntu will also be a fashion statement (as is working with a Mac now). Keep up the good work!

  19. Desktop 3D no Ubuntu agora é oficial « ASF@Web says: (permalink)
    September 12th, 2006 at 4:02 am

    [...] Fonte: Mark Shuttleworth – here be dragons [...]

  20. Torsten says: (permalink)
    September 12th, 2006 at 7:05 am

    Why reinvent the wheel – just integrate Croquet!

    http://www.opencroquet.org

  21. » Mark Shuttleworth takes off for cyberspace » PINOYHACK.COM says: (permalink)
    September 12th, 2006 at 7:43 am

    [...] I was very pleased to see John Vivirito announcing a desktop-effects team for Ubuntu, that will focus on the integration of 3D technology into the desktop like Xgl, Compiz and AIGLX. Folks who are interested in that stuff and want to help make Ubuntu rock in that department please join the team! We’re particularly interested in people who have strong OpenGL experience. Via Mark Website [...]

  22. Raymond K says: (permalink)
    September 12th, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    Mmmm, I wonder if you remeber me Mark. We shared some ideas at Llyods in Rondebosch all those years ago. I believe you owe me, big time. (LOL – Only kidding, you did brilliantly) Well done on all your success, and I believe that if anyone could take on MS it’s you. Ubuntu rocks, keep up all the good work.

  23. QuinnStorm says: (permalink)
    September 12th, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    I intend to try to be a part of this, I’m signed up on the team and gnomefreak will likely make me an admin…it seems most of the members of the team are community members of the compiz community. If anyone is curious, click my website link with this post (www.compiz.net) for more info on the compiz community project. It all started when I did some unofficial packages and posted them on the ubuntuforums. Now it’s a full tree of compiz + many other related apps (csm, compiz-manager, cgwd, etc.). If you drop me a message I’ll likely reply within a day or so at the most, I try to read the new forum posts (yes all of them) each day, and am also available by e-mail and IM. Once in a while my life gets in the way, but not too often. And yes, I’m unemployed, but I don’t want anyone to get the wrong impression, I’m not begging for a job. In general, I do my work with the compiz community because I -like- it, I am a staunch GPL supporter and just love what a community is able to do.

  24. dentaku65 says: (permalink)
    September 16th, 2006 at 7:57 am

    Please give a job to Quinn of http://www.compiz.net
    She’s doing a really big big job for the community and for “eyecandy” fans

  25. The Linux Action Show! Podcast » Blog Archive » The Linux Action Show! - Episode 14 - MP3 says: (permalink)
    September 17th, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    [...] New Ubuntu team to focus on desktop effects a la XGL, AIGLX [...]

  26. The Linux Action Show! Podcast » Blog Archive » The Linux Action Show! - Episode 14 - OGG says: (permalink)
    September 17th, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    [...] New Ubuntu team to focus on desktop effects a la XGL, AIGLX [...]

  27. ubuntu-desktop-effects, XGL Compiz y AIGLX « /home/jmsv789/* says: (permalink)
    September 19th, 2006 at 4:58 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth a anunciado en su propio blog la creacion del equipo ubuntu-desktop-effects, para trabajar en la integracion de XGl, AIGLX y Compiz en su distro, un motivo mas para estar contentos de ser GNU/Linuxeros [...]

  28. Mike H. says: (permalink)
    September 22nd, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    Personally, I’m waiting for the day when XGL/Compiz and Xen are tightly integrated where on the top and bottom of your compiz cube, you can have different Xen domains.

    How cool would it be to be able to switch from Linux to Windows with a simple swoop of the mouse? Or go from Linux to Solaris in a snap!

    Personally, I have no idea how involved it would be to make something like this happen, but it would definately rate in the ultra-freakin-cool department!

  29. RiGLUG - Usuarios de Software Libre de Río Grande » Blog Archive » Ubuntu Desktop Effects says: (permalink)
    September 23rd, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth anunció en su blog la creación del equipo desktop-effects, encargado de integrar en el escritorio de Ubuntu tecnologías 3D como XGL, Compiz y AIGLX. El anuncio oficial puede leerse en las listas de Ubuntu y el sitio de desktop-effects ya está en el Launchpad de Canonical Ltd. [...]

  30. EveryDigg » Blog Archive » New Ubuntu team to focus on desktop effects a la XGL, AIGLX says: (permalink)
    October 4th, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth says he’s "pleased to see John Vivirito announcing a desktop-effects team for Ubuntu, that will focus on the integration of 3D technology into the desktop like Xgl, Compiz and AIGLX."read more | digg story [...]

  31. Rene Lindsay says: (permalink)
    October 9th, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    Im running the second Vista RC1 release, Build 5728, and it seems there is currently no way to get hardware accelerated OpenGL, (or Aero Glass for that matter) to work on an intel 915GM with GMA900 graphics, even after installing the latest intel graphics drivers.

    It seems that Microsoft is purposefully blocking Vista Glass from working on this chipset, no doubt because of some internal political power struggle between Microsoft and intel. (see: http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=26657)

    I am a Delphi / OpenGL developer, specialising in writing 3D modelling and GIS mapping software.
    Since the vast majority of my clients PC’s, and Centrino laptops make use of this same integrated intel 915GM chipset, this is the hardware I have to cater for.

    If Vista is no longer capable of running OpenGL based software on my clients PC’s, then I have no choice but to recommend to my clients, to avoid Vista, and stay with Windows XP, or switch to Linux, until such time as the situation changes.
    In fact,

  32. streamcast says: (permalink)
    October 24th, 2006 at 7:53 am

    First, I would put some decent crystal clear standard fonts on Ubuntu. This is actually the main reason why I am still choosing winxp when starting the os. Ubuntu is also installed but I only use it for reference. In fact, I haven’t seen crystal clear fonts on linux, yet and I have searched the main *nix boards for screenshots. A lot of guys always say, not true, Linux has already good fonts. But the screenshots always disapproved their claim.

    Actually, I can’t understand why other os systems have manged to get decent fonts (osx, winxp) and Linux hasn’t. Is it really that much of problem?

  33. Darren says: (permalink)
    November 2nd, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    Fonts in Ubuntu are fine, I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

    What I would most like to see (maybe fiesty+1?) is a basic X with compositing running right from the kernel booting with some nice 3d usplash.

    Surely it can’t be that difficult to start X straight away and leave GDM until later? The usplash-timeout requirement of Fiesty could work with this.

    But first we need some nice GUI config screens for stuff so first time converts dont get scared and run back to Windows.

  34. William G says: (permalink)
    November 9th, 2006 at 12:12 am

    good luck…

  35. Matthew Bradley says: (permalink)
    April 2nd, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Its a shame that all the Linux distro’s are jumping on the Compiz / Beryl bandwagon in order to remain competitive with one another, and to compete with the pretty releases of Windows and Mac OSX. Ubuntu has to do the wobbly windows too, to keep its place at the top of distrowatch. Again, that’s a shame.

    Eye candy definitely has the “Wow factor” (as Ballmer puts it). So, if you want it, read the wiki and install Beryl. You’ll get fed up with your user interface freezing all the time, and revert back to using a simpler desktop environment after a couple of days. I guess the desktop effects thing separates the men from the gui whores, when it comes to computer owners (i say ‘owners’, not ‘users’ as gui whores don’t qualify as computer users).

    Personally, Linux is a voyage of discovery and the “wow factor” comes in smoothly and builds, each day that you use it – not like Vista, that will almost certainly “wow” you initially, then ultimately disappoint.

    I also think that the Orange and Brown colourscheme is inspired! Everyone customises their GUI – it’s the first thing you do – give your PC a bit of individuality. The Brown and Orange theme encourages you to do that. Who is gonna stick with the default colour scheme anyway, when they don’t have to?!

  36. minikperi oyunları says: (permalink)
    April 9th, 2007 at 7:37 am

    good luck :)

  37. scrime says: (permalink)
    May 7th, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Dear Mark,

    You rock man, thanks for creating such an excellent port of Linux. I really proud of everything you have achieved, I never thought that Linux would be easy and pretty enough for the average person. I hope that someday I may also make a big contribution to the world of technology and make a difference to humanity as a whole.

    From a fellow South African.

  38. sohbet says: (permalink)
    May 15th, 2007 at 9:35 am

    good luck :) thnxxx

  39. Rein says: (permalink)
    May 25th, 2007 at 7:30 am

    I agree with Streamcast about fonts. I have tried different Linux distros many times at home and one thing that have always disturbed is fonts. At low desktop resolution, fontsmoothing (antialiasing) makes linux distros look unproffesional or untidy and without smoothing fonts tend to go even uglyer. I discovered, that Ubuntu fonts are most pleasant to me without smoothing and at size of 8 or 11 (default is 10), but then GUI looks again very strange and at size of 8 its hard to see text. Size 10 is just right size, but then again pixels start to cause some black areas and text seems uneven. I havent tried printing from linux, but i believe fonts are in this respect OK. Probably the problem is more in how OS handles these fonts.

    I like Ubuntu, but most programs i use, work in WinXP (I am videographics designer/animator and editor). Thats why Ubuntu remains to me as toy and WinXP as tool. Yes i know there are lots of freeware available and they are capable to do almost same thing as commercial ones but working on most of theese freeware tools are frustrating because of ugly UI.

    But repairing fonts and adding some nice 3D effects will certainly bring many new users to Ubuntu.

  40. ilahiler says: (permalink)
    August 1st, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    You rock man, thanks for creating such an excellent port of Linux. I really proud of everything you have achieved, I never thought that Linux would be easy and pretty enough for the average person. I hope that someday I may also make a big contribution to the world of technology and make a difference to humanity as a whole.

    From a fellow South African.

  41. resimler says: (permalink)
    August 1st, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    First, I would put some decent crystal clear standard fonts on Ubuntu. This is actually the main reason why I am still choosing winxp when starting the os. Ubuntu is also installed but I only use it for reference. In fact, I haven’t seen crystal clear fonts on linux, yet and I have searched the main *nix boards for screenshots. A lot of guys always say, not true, Linux has already good fonts. But the screenshots always disapproved their claim.

    Actually, I can’t understand why other os systems have manged to get decent fonts (osx, winxp) and Linux hasn’t. Is it really that much of problem?

  42. rüya tabirleri says: (permalink)
    August 1st, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    Mmmm, I wonder if you remeber me Mark. We shared some ideas at Llyods in Rondebosch all those years ago. I believe you owe me, big time. (LOL – Only kidding, you did brilliantly) Well done on all your success, and I believe that if anyone could take on MS it’s you. Ubuntu rocks, keep up all the good work.