I finally was able to get Compiz and AIGLX working on my E1505 for a bit last night. Right now, I’m not too impressed. Granted, the eye candy and such was nice. I really liked the Cube effect when switching desktops. However, the program is still very alpha and very unstable. I lost direct rendering when I got the requirments installed and such, so there went any way to play video games.
For now, I’m going to say that seeing it in action was nice, but I still think it’s not ready for prime time yet. I’m going to wait a while, and once I have a desktop setup ready for it I’ll try again on something like Fedora, Suse, or Ubuntu.
I still think Gentoo is for me though.
I have from time to time tried different desktop enviroments. The two big ones, Gnome and KDE, both have a lot of things going for them. There are somethings I dislike about both, but overall I usually go with Gnome for the ease of use and setup. I just install it and go. However that doesn’tmean I’d completely jetison KDE. There are a lot of KDE programs I like better then their Gnome equivalents. Amarok is one of those, though Kontact comes close with reguards to my PIM requirments. I still use Evolution personally, but there isn’t anything holding me to that program right now.
Thing is, a lot of folk get as zealotous about their favorite Enviroment as they do their favorite distro. This makes no sense to me, as a good setup should not be determined by the desires of the person who is in the know, but of the needs of the user who gets the system. FreeDesktop.org is trying to unify how desktop enviroments work so that any program designed for either is interopperable in both functions and look and feel. Theoretically a program really shouldn’t be designed to only work on one enviroment. So we would hope that once the specifications are decided on and set we won’t need to worry.
But that is in the future. The more agreement between specifications on simple things the better Linux as a whole becomes.