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February 10, 2008

Video: Freewins — the obscure gem

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 1:18 am

While wandering around Compiz-Fusion forums, I just came across this really neat (and kickass) plugin which surprisingly hasn’t yet made it into the mainstream packages. Titled Freewins, it allows you amazing control over shape and positioning of individual windows. Don’t get what I’m saying? Check this out:

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Freewins.mp4 iPod, QuickTime, MPlayer, VLC Media Player 320×240 468 KB
Video screenshot #1

Each and every window can now easily be scaled as well as rotated around horizontal and vertical axes. You can now place your windows on top of each other like an actual physical stack when you don’t need them. You can transform your pictures and videos along an axis with the click of a button. Heck, you can even cure cancer with eye-candy like this — or so I’ve heard.

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October 17, 2007

Video: Compiz-Fusion — first impressions

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 3:37 pm

“We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.” — Khalil Gibran

Link Playable by Resolution Size
Compiz-Fusion.mp4 iPod, QuickTime, MPlayer, VLC Media Player 320×240 1.19 MB
Compiz-Fusion.mpg Windows Media Player, MPlayer, VLC Media Player 352×288 10.21 MB
Compiz-Fusion.ogg MPlayer, VLC Media Player 1280×960 28.35 MB
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Setup
Distribution Linux From Scratch
Desktop Environment Xfce
Window Manager Compiz-Fusion
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April 29, 2007

Video: Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP simultaneously running virtualized on Linux

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 2:04 am

The idea of visualizing the history of Microsoft on four sides of a desktop cube does sound enthralling no matter how much you despise the company’s products. That’s precisely the reason why I spent a whole night trying to configure four different operating systems to run virtualized on QEMU/KVM with networking and multimedia capabilities. The results look good, especially when you have a compositing window manager to extrapolate their effects.

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Video screenshots

Hardware Information

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 @ 1.86GHz
Motherboard Intel DG965RY
RAM 512 MB

Software Information

Host Operating System Linux From Scratch
Host Kernel Linux 2.6.21
Host Virtualization Setup QEMU 0.9.0/KVM-20
Desktop Environment Beryl 0.2.0/Xfce 4.4.1

Note: Windows 98 and 95 don’t like KVM at all, so I had to run their respective virtual machines with the -no-kvm switch.

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April 7, 2007

Video: Beryl with MPlayer

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 10:28 pm

Here’s my first attempt at podcasting a video of the kick-ass hardware accelerated window manager:

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Beryl’s own capture plugin was painfully slow, so I had to capture the video with my Nokia N72. The clip lasts for about a minute, but shows plenty of effects to achieve the ‘wow’ factor (most notably, the toying with the x11 output of MPlayer video).

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