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Compiz Fusion   

Compiz Fusion promises us a powerful 3D desktop (window manager) for all the Linux users around the world. It already has a Zoom Plugin with cool new features like select and zoom and panning, that has been rewritten by David Reveman. Thanks to Onestone, the Cube Plugin has now a reflection. There is also an Expo Plugin that can be used with the Cube Plugin, but what attracted me the most was a new plugin called Firepaint that lets you paint fire on your desktop and a new windows focus effect called Dodge. Simply awesome!

In other (hot) news, Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) will come with Compiz Fusion pre-installed and for Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) users, there are some deb packages with a preview version of Compiz Fusion, that you can download from here.

Here is a list with some of the plugins you will find in the Compiz Fusion project:

• Expo Plugin
• Cube Plugin
• Rotate Cube Plugin
• Cube Reflection Plugin
• Scale Plugin
• Ring Switcher Plugin
• Focus Effect: Dodge
• Zoom Desktop Plugin
• Window Previews Plugin
• Firepaint Plugin
• Annotate Plugin
• Wobbly Plugin
• Blur Plugin
• Group/Tab Plugin
• Water Effect
• AddHelper Plugin

What is Compiz?

The Compiz project is an OpenGL accelerated compositing WM (window manager). Compiz provides various graphical effects and features on any desktop environment, including Gnome and KDE.