Originally Posted by DCOH
And to most user compiz was fun to play with but not a whole lot of use for production.
That depends entirely on how you use it. Compiz can do a lot of things, it's just
the bling that attracts the eye the most. How many of those people you are speaking
for actually tried to use it productively?
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Originally Posted by bsund
I would say it has the same effect on performance as compiz. So if compiz is to heavy you will probably struggle with gnome-shell, but as said the only way to make sure is to test it yourself.
I would say otherwise. When I've used compiz it was very light, almost no load when idle,
very little otherwise except when doing something obviously intensive. It was also very
smooth with transitions and effects.
Gnome-shell starts out sluggish for me when first starting out, it seems to get a little
faster over time, caching effect maybe? There was also a small improvement going
from nouveau to nvidia drivers, but it was small. I think the code is just generally in
poor shape, since even after awhile, I would still get slight stutters and hesitations
when popping up the overlay. For such a limited effect, it should be smooth, I've had
compiz doing a lot more at times without any such issues.
But until they fix the composited transparency issues, which is just an unbelievably
stupid regression to still be having, I won't ever seriously consider using it.
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Just for further comparisons sake, I've also used cairo-compmgr at times, and while
it's a nice, small, compositor, and seemed to run a bit more stable for me than compiz while
providing a bit more in the way of effects than the sheer simplicity of metacity's compositor,
it wasn't as light on resources.
I'm not sure what caused it (and didn't look), but it would constantly use 3-4% cpu, even when
sitting idle. It was because of that that I stopped using it longer term. There was no call for it to
be doing that, so I figured it likely had other issues too and it didn't (still doesn't) look to be
actively developed. Which is a shame because I liked where it was going.. a good middle-
ground between metacity and compiz.
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Tried the very latest gnome builds from the repos and it seems to be running smoother, so
that complaint is gone. There is also a brand new gnome-tweak-tool (installed separately)
that, while not great, is at least a start. The layering stuff causes a problem when I try to
enable nautilus on the desktop still, just as it does for transparency. No one else seems to
mention these things so maybe it's just me it affects.