You know, there are very few things in Linux that have ever made me jealous… but this quote from the Beryl project made me jump out of my chair:
Beryl is a combined window manager and composite manager written in C using OpenGL to provide acceleration. It is designed to be highly flexible, extensible, and portable, all the while keeping in mind that the users know how they want their desktops to act better than we do.
Wow. Maybe Linux is the user’s ULTIMATE operating system after all? Eat your heart out, Windows Explorer and OS X’s Finder. Beryl’s developers have the trump card. And for emphasis, let me add bold formatting to the most important part of that positioning statement: “…the users know how they want their desktops to act better than we do.”
Is it possible, even remotely, to port Beryl to Vista and/or OS X?
And if that doesn’t make you want to try Beryl, maybe something in its growing feature list will trip your trigger. The best Microsoft can offer is a CPU-devastating DreamScene (and even that’s only available for Vista “Ultimate”). Compiz or Beryl, they’re soon to be one-and-the-same.