EricSkiff.com Open Source Everything

9Nov/050

Linux gets easy drop shadows

Just a quick screenshot to show how drop shadows look in Linux. The eyecandy, ahem, I mean, useful visual cues that Mac OSX and Windows Vista tout are now easy to enable in KDE. I just installed Kubuntu, added a line or two to my xorg.conf, and turned shadows on in the GUI. Very slick.

I've got a little 1ghz computer and a very old ATI card. The screen refresh rate when sliding a window around is a little slow, but tolerable. I'm debating keeping it turned on for good. I like being able to clearly see what's on top of what, and you know what? Drop shadows are just sexy.

To turn the shadows on in Kubuntu after install:

For an ATI card (nvidia's are slightly different)

* Add these lines to your device section:

Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
Option "backingstore" "true"

* Add this extension section:


Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection

* Right click on any titlebar and choose "Change window behavior"
* Set your translucency and shadow options.
* Reboot
* You could just restart X, but I didn't see the change actually happen till a full reboot, since I'm using KDM and killing X just seemed to drop down to KDM.

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