Modern graphic cards consist of 90% 3D hardware and 10% 2D, just for the sake of backward compatibility, but so far only the games used the 3D hardware !
Here comes Xgl. Instead of having boring 2D windows, it uses full 3D to achieve a lot of cool effects, some of them ever actually useful:
- multidesktop cube
- real transparency (alt+mouse wheel over any window), if you have too many windows open
- instant zooming by mouse wheel (so useful for webcomics that have small fonts)
- and of course plenty of eye candy :-D
Unfortunately, Xgl is still quite difficult to configure. The solution is, as usual, downloading a LiveCD. Kororaa LiveCD comes with preconfigured Xgl, it should work on most ATI, nVidia and even some Intel graphic cards. Enjoy :-)