Compiz 0.9 was released for testing earlier today and see the widely used compositing manager benefiting from a major re-service having been completely rewritten in C++.
0.9, an unstable branch of Compiz that will eventually become the stable 0.10 release, brings a new developer API, rendering has been split into plug-ins the build system now uses cmake and some minor functionality improvements are also included.
A few noteworthy new features, plug-in’s and additions squeezed into this release include: -
- Aero-Snap like functionality via ability to drag windows to edges and have them fill the adjacent side of the screen
- Support for automatic wallpaper rotation
- Edge support on grid plug-in allowing windows to be resized by dragging to an edge or corner
- Rewritten animations interface simplifies creation of new animations
On the Compiz development mailing list announcement Sam Spilsbury’s notes that this release “is not yet ready for general use as there are a number of known issues, regressions and incomplete functionality.” Anyone wishing to install this version should do so with caution.
Whilst this release is seven months late we say better late than never!