…. and I mean that in a good way.
For those unfamiliar with compiz, it is the bling’d out windows manager for the Linux X window systems (including the popular Ubuntu). Picture flames, sparkles, and lots of things animating in 3d for no particular reason. In a recent article HOWTO: Convert A Friend To Linux the author’s best advise is:
“Whenever you wanna dazzle a potential convertee, fire it up. Whirl the cube, wobble, minimize, and shade the windows and they will be gagging for the Linux CD. ;)”
This rings true though. Wobbleing windows and spinning cubes are what really convert people to switch over to Linux. It happened to me and I’ve seen it happening to those around me. Hardcore Linux users should stop hating on Compiz and recognize that it may be the single most important piece of software brining Linux out of the dungeon’s and dragons closet and into main stream culture. In fact, the best thing Ubuntu could do right now is drop everything else and just Bling that shit out even more. No one is going to switch to Linux because it has a whole lot of print drivers ready to go…. they are going to switch to Linux because they want an OS w/ some D’s on it.
Case in point: while the single most viewed youtube video for the search term ‘linux’ is a Rick Roll, the second most viewed is screen cast video showing off the screen effects in Ubuntu (2.5 million views, not to shabby).
If the Linux community wants to wipe Windows and Mac out of the OS business all they need to do in focus all of their collective efforts on developing Compiz. With the combine intelligence of hundreds of thousands of nerds we could develop the most pimped out windows management system known to mankind. The kids don’t want stability, they want an OS w/ rims that spin.
(Any bias in the above article may stem from the fact that I sort of view FFFFFat as the compiz of the new media art world…… and I mean that in a good way)
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tru tru. when i stayed at your house, i spent atleast 2 hours makin yr windows wobble.
“The kids donâ€™t want stability, they want an OS w/ rims that spin.”
…until they realize, that the beautiful task switcher and the mad spinning cube have actually no use.
If all the developers start to pimp the sh_t out of Compiz, we end up with an OS that brings all the eye candy and left alone with its old and useless technologies.
Compiz do have a major part in turning the people to Linux, but it is also extremely important that they want to solve their problems, they want to live with their OS.
If they are able to do so, there comes the eye candy.
I don’t know. Vista had some hip hop flavor but stability it did not have. I ditched that ish because it was unreliable. The kids may want spinners, but they will also want the ability to login to facebook.
vista windows task manager all users…
haha gotta love Windows……