hairy_Palms wrote:im gonna completely disagree with scorp123 go with compiz, having used both a lot compiz is far more stable, a lot faster, and has more features than beryl has, most significantly support for metacity themes
Now after having played with both my opinion is this:
- compiz is slightly faster, yes
- compiz can use your normal MetaCity and now even KDE themes, yes.
- compiz is now more stable than it used to be, it doesn't crash anymore.
- Beryl has far more features! e.g. transparent cubes
- Beryl's and Emerald's settings managers offer better configurability
- Beryl can switch on-the-fly between the different window management mechanisms present on the system, even compiz is detected and can be used
- easier installation, less issues: I can easily switch between pure GNOME, pure KDE and GNOME+Beryl and KDE+Beryl without getting issues with the tray applet trying to load itself in the wrong session (e.g. when I just want KDE without the fancy effects). compiz's tray icon, once it was active, always tries to load itself again in the next session, even though I e.g. switched between "KDE" and "KDE+Compiz" (I configured separate sessions!). I have no such issues with Beryl. If I select a pure KDE session than this is exactly what I get, Beryl will only load when I select "GNOME+Beryl" or "KDE+Beryl" as my session (I configured separate desktop sessions according to the Beryl wiki)
I agree that both are good and very cool though, and surely worth playing around with.
If you go the extra-mile and configure separate sessions (according to the suggestions given in the wiki pages of each project) it's possible to have both systems installed alongside each other. So far I haven't had any troubles with that.
Even if by accident you load Beryl's + compiz's tray applets at the same time chances are that the one which got activated last takes over, the first one deactivating itself.