3D desktops on SUSE 10.2

After installing openSUSE 10.2 on the Dell X200 (933Mhz, 622MB), I switched to the Xgl desktop. I switched to the Novell builderservice, and upgraded to the latest xgl/compiz (but not beryl). Results:

  • the stock Xgl is still fairly slow
  • the upgraded Xgl is MUCH faster – to the point that the nifty 3d desktop switch is TOO fast
  • but: video is bad. Realplayer video is sluggish, and not usable

That does seem to be a known issue, and it may not matter on faster CPUs – but on slower CPUs, it matters a lot. I switched back to stock Xorg.

No magic bullet.

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