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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
So, a few major things that this post will cover today:
* Improved startup time for compiz
* Revived Input Redirection patches and MPX patches
* Compiz 0.7.8 released
* Three new plugins, new-maximumize, minimumize, new-put
* Simple CCSM for KDE
News in Features:
Improved startup time with protocol buffers.
If you haven’t read Erkin’s post about improved metadata parsing optimisation in compiz-fusion, you should definitely take a look. The post is a little technical, but the main point is that we have integrated Google’s protocol buffer technology to cache XML files into an optimised format, so that they can be parsed much faster. The results are a 4.5x faster Simple-CCSM startup, 2.4x faster CCSM startup and 1.25x Compiz startup (when used with the ccp plugin). These, of course are all variable, for best startup time, you should disable plugins you don’t use, then you don’t need to load 50 plugin libraries into memory and execute thier initialization functions, and then never use them. Of course, cold startup is *still* going to be quite slow, simply for the I/O reason. Once protocol buffers is integrated into compiz, you should see a much better compiz warm startup time
Revived Input Redirection / Multiple Pointer X patches!