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By the dessicated skull of Mogg's grandfather...

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Excuse me, I need to go change now.

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secoh
Dec. 13th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
that's awesome!! How do I get Ubuntu to do that.....
canisrufus_uk
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Ditto.......
secoh
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Awesome thanks!
makovette
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
He did it with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compiz_Fusion + Windows XP running in a VM on one of the virtual deskstops.

The cube analogy is also used in Mac OS to manage 4 desktops at one.

Reproducing that demo is entirely doable by someone with the time to install and config all the goodies.

It DOES take some CPU crunch (a good dual core and at least 2GB (I recommend at least 3) of memory depending on how much you give the XP VM) and an nVidia graphics card is mandatory as well.

CYa!
Mako

deckardcanine
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
This is getting ridiculous: I was just randomly thinking about that starting music in the last hour. (It's the underwater theme from Donkey Kong Country.)
makovette
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Hah :D pretty appropriate give the aquarium theme :)

CYa!
Mako
deckardcanine
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Looks awesome but impractical. We do enough multitasking as it is.
makovette
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I disagree, it's fantastic if you are running one or more VMs to get stuff done. For a dev hacking on code, it's the dream setup up.

Code authoring in one screen, compiler and tools in another, test VM running the code in the 3rd and your toys (music etc) in the 4th.

This is a highly common setup here in sillycon valley....

CYa!
Mako
ccdesan
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
The 10 years I spent in translation supervision I would not have traded for anything, but I do regret having been away from the programming trade for long enough that I slipped irretreivably behind the curve. Now all I can do is peer through the windows and drool...
makovette
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Stop drooling (it's a shock hazard ;-) and dual boot Ubuntu and just start playing with it.

Google will have the answer to 99% of your questions so you'll be self sufficient and armed with one heckuva "roll your own" Swiss army knife of a tool at the end of the day.

CYa!
Mako


carlfoxmarten
Dec. 15th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
I have my Xfce desktop set up with six virtual workspaces (though no compiz fusion for me, due to Intel graphics bugs), and when I really get into working on projects or assignments, I really do use all six of them.

It's almost enough to make me use eight... ;)
makovette
Dec. 15th, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
Yeah the Intel graphics chips are pretty much crap. But for $2.50 on the bill of materials, what can you expect :P

CYa!
Mako
carlfoxmarten
Dec. 15th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
Too bad I can't upgrade my laptop's graphics card...
(maybe I should try downgrading the Intel driver to the one supplied by the previous version...)
alaskawolf
Dec. 13th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
that was pretty stunning :)
dhlawrence
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
I want it!
stevenroy
Dec. 14th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Looks to me like it's pretty much the video card doing all the 3d work, which is mostly just fairly basic texture-mapping; the UI is just designed to use those 3d capabilities in an unusually clever way. It's certainly an awesome trick, isn't it?

Judging by the flickering horizontal lines, though, I think the video card is struggling a bit to keep up with all that. (Actually, my own limited experience with Linux suggests very poor support, if any, for 3d acceleration. Then again, that was a few years ago. Seems they've got it mostly working now.)

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