When I first saw Windows Vista and its Aero, I was the most impressed with opacity blur on windows decorations. This was one and only breakthrough in utility graphics for me. For a long time it was only available to Microsoft products users. It looked so damn cool, but, to say the truth - it was pretty useless too.
Then came Compiz and for a very short time, we had opacity blur not only on windows decorations, but on any translucent interface element! This not only looked cool, this was actually useful. I used semi transparent background for terminals and could see content covered by them while the text still being perfectly readable. No - transparency alone cannot achieve this effect. It's not even close.
But how to make it in Gnome 3? How to make it without Compiz? Is there a way? Maybe a special terminal with this effect? Does anyone miss it too?
I miss it very badly since saying goodbye to Gnome 2. This is the only feature I miss. Other than this, Gnome Shell and it's new way of using desktop has won me completely. Finally - it's Linux which doesn't look and feel like Windows. It's better. If it only took opacity blur from Compiz...