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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Vista's got nothing on Beryl

I just installed the beta release of Ubuntu and one of the things I wanted to try was Beryl. Beryl is a window manager that adds a bunch of seriously cool 3D effects to your Linux desktop. A bit pointless perhaps, but really really cool nonetheless. Vista's visual effects look stale in comparison.


  • Hey there!

    While impressive, its also un-necessary, here are a few things to note :

    - The cube is possible on vista by replacing the DWM. Theres a perfectly capable app out there right now for it. After using it for a few days I found I had no real use for it anyway.

    - Fancy animations. Again possible in Vista. Completely plausible for someone to make the animations and replace the default ones with some similar to what was shown in that video.

    What I would like to point out is that Vista is a by-product of testing for all sorts of using, the average user / business users doesn't need a fancy 5 second animation to get a window off screen.

    Ubuntu and things like this have there place, but please don't bring Vista into it as its irrelevant.

    If you'd like to discuss this further you can reach me on my forum @


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:15 PM CDT  

  • Of course it's un-necessary, Beryl was never meant to increase productivity. It makes you feel better because you can have fancy graphics like Vista without actually having to deal with Vista itself.

    By Blogger TomTheGeek, at 12:30 PM CDT  

  • So the title Vista has nothing on Beryl is slightly hypocritical considering you fully realize Vista shouldn't have distracting drawn out, but excellent, animation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:58 PM CDT  

  • I was trying to imply was that Beryl can give you graphical effects equal to or better than Vista's.

    Whether or not Vista should have those graphics in the first place is another discussion altogether.

    By Blogger TomTheGeek, at 4:28 PM CDT  

  • Stunning! God forbid Microsoft ever thinks outside of the box and makes users "feel good" while using the computer like this Linux build does. Totally gorgeous, good find, Tom.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:19 AM CDT  

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