Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Compiz Fusion is the best thing that happened to Linux desktop user experience yet. In the world of Linux bashers who argue that Linux is not quite ready for home users; compiz is one of the few things that really set Linux apart from other OS with major market share.
It can give you good brownie points when you are trying to compare desktop effects with non-linux user friends, and it is truly exclusive to Linux OS. However, as it is with most other fancy desktop user interface (Aero for Vista, Aqua for OS X), the excitement quickly wears off after the first week or so; and those nifty little effects are not so awesome anymore. I don’t know about you, but square 3D workspace or wobbly windows does not add any level of productivity to my daily computer usage. If anything, it makes using computer much more distracting. Some effects are actually useful but most effects are not. It’s true, we can easily turn off any desktop effects we don’t like to use and some of these effects are highly customizable. Still I feel we need to make a list of “WTF, why would anyone want to use this?” effects with Compiz Fusion.
1) Dome sphere mode: Seriously what are we supposed to do with this? Bounce the sphere , while using pidgin? I thought the standard dome effect (albeit nice) was useless enough; but this one beats it fair and square. For more annoyance, try out the cylinder effect.