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Month: January, 2008

Success! Compositing on a second X server

If you want to play with compositing on Fedora 8 using the Intel drivers, here’s how I got it working. For testing, you can run a second X server on the hardware. However, you first need to disable DRI on the main X server (and not use a compositing WM on the main X server). […]

Nested X servers hate me

Goal: run Compiz in a nested X server. Or really, any X server that is not the one I’m using for real work. List O’ Failures: “Screw it, just run the regular X server on another virtual console.” DRI can only be used on one console at a time. Lose. “Xephyr supports GLX in latest […]

Xnest, Xephyr, Xgl, Xdmx…

Does anyone know a way to hack on a GL-based compositing manager such as Compiz in a nested X server? I didn’t even try Xnest assuming there’s no way it works; Xephyr has GLX and Composite but Compiz reports that the root window has the wrong visual; Xgl appears to be dead (?) and isn’t […]


After almost 9 years, today was my last day at Red Hat. I’ll miss it, and all the great people there. It’s not time yet to say what I’m working on now, and may not be time for a while. In the meantime, I’ll be around in all the usual places you might expect to […]