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Compiz Fusion Community News for May 7th, 2008: An edition of bling and subtlty
(nice contrasts!)

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| The bling:
| onestone has once again waved his openGL wand for us once again and has
| merged the cubecaps plugin into the cubeaddon plugin, so now we are able to
| deform the cube caps as well. Like most of his work, it’s only ever
| explainable with screenshots - here goes!


Flipping the Linux switch: Cairo-Dock is pain free eye candy

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| It's a weird phenomenon. Nearly every computer platform steals another one's
| look. Vista gets accused of trying to look too much like OS X. Linux desktops
| get accused of trying to look like Vista (except when they're accused of
| ripping off OS X).



5 Linux distributions that rival OS X for looks

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| All of these distributions are freely available, so if you like the look of
| one, then just click on the link to take you to the website, where you can
| download an ISO image and burn it to disc to try. I know that some Mac users
| hate having to use Windows if they're at a friend or relative's house, so if
| you like the look of one of these, you may want to keep a copy handy to use
| as an alternative under those circumstances. Also, Linux has the same kind of
| resistance to viruses and malware as OS X, so you have those advantages as
| well - always worth having if you're going to use a computer that could have
| all kinds of junk on it! Live CD's can also be handy if your computer won't
| boot due to problems and you need to use it in a hurry.



First look: KDE 4.1 alpha 1 very promising

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| The open-source KDE desktop environment is built on top of Trolltech's Qt
| development toolkit. One of the most significant changes in KDE 4.1 is the
| adoption of Qt 4.4, a new version of the toolkit which includes important
| features such as a built-in WebKit-based HTML rendering widget and support
| for placing widgets on canvases. These features will bring some new
| capabilities to KDE's Plasma desktop shell.


KDE 4 rev 802150: Work in progress

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| KWin with Wobbly Windows
| Kwin features a new visual effect known to most of you from Compiz: the
| Wobbly Windows. Only a few days ago the settings panel for this effect had
| tons of detailed options. Most of these options have been disabled now, the
| only thing that can be configured is the window deformation level while in
| motion. This seems more appropriate for a common user since the number of
| configurable settings was overwhelming before. One minor flaw that I noticed
| in KWin Wobble Windows is that the window shadow is not properly deformed (it
| does not adjust to the current shape of the window).


KDE 4 rev 790000: Better stability and performance

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| This is another revision of the development version of KDE 4 environment.
| Lots of you have asked why it took me so long to publish this article. Well,
| I was just waiting for rev 790000, that’s all. I hope that your curiosity
| will be satisfied since there’s been a lot of changes to describe this time.
| I did my best.


KDE 4.1: Visual Changelog (rev 783000)

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| You don’t always see this in the official changelogs but the KDE 4
| development is progressing in an extraordinary speed. After a deep look at
| rev 777000 we are presenting you a new visual review of changes made to KDE 4
| during the last couple of weeks.

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