Diary of a Mad XGL Addict

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I tried to leave it…I really did. Since my last post, I’ve struggled with the realization that, in less than an hour, I became addicted to Xgl. I can’t live without it. My MotherBrain computer is now permanently occupied by a foreign power (Gnome). OK, not permanently, just until KDE adds support for it.

It’s not so bad, though. Gnome is, after all, free software in every sense of the word. Also, I can still run any of the programs that I run with KDE.

Regarding the whole Direct Rendering thing, it is supposed to work with the current Nvidia driver on my GeForce FX 6200, but it does not. Anyway, I have to start another regular X server on another screen to play games. Surprisingly, this works well. After all, running games in Window-Maker or some other light window manager is much faster anyway. In the past, I’ve often run intense games in failsafe X.

Gawsh, I sound like a total addict. What did I expect though? It’s like eating steak for the first time. You just can’t go back to your old hamburgers. I’m an Xgl-fiend. As I’m writing this, I’m contemplating how to get it working on this iBook. I’m sick… 🙂

4 Responses

  1. Adib

    Just to follow up on this, I did go back to KDE. I couldn’t survive in the Gnome environment. It was just too stifling. I did, however, get XGL to work on the iBook, albeit, just temporarily to see if it would work. I can wait until the KDE developers add support, inshaAllah.

  2. Jay

    Hi, I want to eventually switch to linux from OS X. I would really appreciate any walkthroughs or links on how to get xgl running on the ibook.

    Thanks,

    Jay.

  3. Jay

    Hi, I want to eventually switch to linux from OS X. I would really appreciate any walkthroughs or links on how to get xgl running on the ibook.

    Thanks,

    Jay.

  4. Adib

    Actually, I did nothing special. I followed the ubuntu wiki to the letter. I am only using XGL on my desktop (running SuSE) because the radeon driver for the iBook is not very stable with XGL.

    A couple of the problems include:

    Graphical artifacts, glitches, and flickering.
    No support for video playback (XV).
    Software rendering of windows (which defeats the purpose of using XGL).
    Worst of all, upon resuming from suspend, XGL is dead. This is most likely due to the unfortunate fact that DRI is always dead after resume (at least on my iBook). In fact, I turn DRI off completely so that I can use EXA.

    Until they fix the radeon driver, I have no plans of using XGL on my iBook. However, if you just want to try it out, following that ubuntu howto works perfectly.

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