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What To Expect From Compiz 0.9.2

By Ricky on September 14th, 2010 

Compiz is one the most recognizable windows manager around. It is responsible for sucking in many Windows users to Linux. In a blog post yesterday, Compiz developer, Sam Spilsbury, outlined what to expect from Compiz 0.9.2.

Here is a brief list of the new stuffs that Compiz 0.9.2 will bring:

New Natural Scale Layout

Inspired by KDE's KWin, Compiz has dropped the grid based layout for a natural scale layout. The new layout positions the windows proportionally to their original position in the screen, instead of assigning them in grids.

New Animations

Compiz is bringing a lot of new animations. The new animations are called Ghost, Black Hole, Dissolve, Flicker, Popcorn, Raindrop, Pulse and Fan.

Here is a demo video:

Theatre Mode for EZoom

The EZoom plugin will have a new theatre mode. It will darken all the non-selected areas in a zoom selection. This is a much requested feature and is perfect for perfect for watching zoomed-in video on a website.

Minimized Windows Preview

Compiz 0.9.2 will have a new plugin to allow preview of minimized windows. I am not a Compiz user but I was under the impression that Compiz already has this feature. Oh well.

Other New Plugins And Bugfixes

There are a lot of other new plugins like Sound, Reflective Surface for Docky etc.

They are not only concentrating on adding new features for this Compiz release; they are also fixing a lot of bugs. Three big bugs from the 0.9.0 releae has been fixed.

You can read more about it here.


What To Expect From Compiz 0.9.2 was originally published on on September 14, 2010 - 11:17 pm (Indian Standard Time)