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April 26, 2007

Beryl running on my openSUSE 10.2 laptop (incl. screenshot)

by @ 6:57 am. Filed under beryl, My Opinion

I have been running beryl for over a month now, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. While I am at work, I like to display my setup to as many Windows users as pass by. Thus, I generally set it up something like this:

beryl on openSUSE Linux
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I leave it open all day, looking just like that. This way, when the Windows users walk by and see it and ask what it is, I get some small satisfaction (that I totally shouldn’t get) from telling them that it doesn’t run on Windows, and that this means that they can’t install it. What brings an eventual grin to my face is the immediate look of confusion that appears on their face because they have absolutely no idea what I just said.

So here’s my take on beryl. When people ask me whether I think Linux is ready for the desktop, I whip out beryl. Now, just because it can flash and dance does not mean that it is necessarily ready for the desktop. However, if the community feels that something like beryl is practical to develop, the rest of the desktop requirements must be fairly well met. Which, of course, I can tell you that they are.

What is even more incredible is that Mac has had animated desktops for a few years now, and Linux does stuff with beryl that will send you into seizures (good ones, of course!). Both of them are far superior to their common competitor. And that competitor is having trouble keeping up with the features. IE 7 just got tabs, for example, which of course have been available in Firefox for a long time. Vista has its new Aero effects, yes. However, they are mainly available only in the enterprise/professional versions? How does that make sense? The enthusiast is the one who will be interested in that stuff. Which means the HOME users. At work, people are expected to work, and not play with accelerated desktops. CEOs won’t give a rat about Aero, other than hating it because people are not able to work, but are distracted with all the eyecandy (I use the word “all” kind of tongue-in-cheek, as it doesn’t hold a candle to beryl).

Nice. Give it to the people who don’t care, and take it from the people who do.

* blank stare *

Whatever, I am absolutely digging my beryl install on my openSUSE 10.2 laptop. If you haven’t had a chance, head over to youtube or something and check out some of the beryl demos.

7 Responses to “Beryl running on my openSUSE 10.2 laptop (incl. screenshot)”

  1. _dietrich Says:

    I seem to recall you wrote a few good pieces up at the Novell ‘Cool Solutions’ website.
    A good ‘how-to’ about ‘Beryl on SUSE’ would be well received!!


  2. Andrew D. (andrewd18) Says:

    @Dietrich: The OpenSUSE WIKI pages are getting better and better every day.

  3. Levi Says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me. I just recently tried beryl out on my Ubuntu system, and aside from looking really pretty, it was a total piece of garbage. Despite having a workstation-class Nvidia card, some pretty important operations like resizing windows were slow. Digging through the tabs within tabs with scrolling option lists to figure out how to make it halfway usable was excruciating. Then it interacted badly with my Gnome virtual desktop stuff, and even interacted badly with its own virtual desktop stuff. Then new windows started coming up completely black. Then I shut it off and went back to Metacity, which may be a little bit ugly, but at least is usable!

    So, maybe it works better on OpenSUSE, but until the wretched mass of configuration options is whittled down to something manageable with some decent defaults for real usage, I will write it off as a stupid, broken toy that happens to look really nice on your shelf (or desk, next to the computer you do real work on).

  4. Scott Morris Says:

    I’m actually not kidding. 🙂 It works just great, and the configuration is all in a gui-based system tray app. Quite easy to configure, at least to me. Try it on openSUSE and you’ll see what I mean.

  5. danny Says:

    I agree with Scott.

    I have Beryl running together with XGL and nvidia drivers and it works like a charms on both my Ubuntu and openSUSE 10.2 laptops. 🙂

  6. Mohan K R Says:

    Yes, indeed
    I have been running beryl, nvidia and OpenSUSE 10.2 for over 5 months now. Apart from the eye-candy,
    as a development platform for eclipse, it is hands down much more pleasing to the eye.

  7. Jaredd Says:

    So i have a Windows Vista laptop, and i currently installed Linux (the latest version 9.04) and i wanted to install Beryl on it.
    Is Beryl an add-on to Linux, or do i have to uninstall Linux and reinstall a different version?
    If theres anyone that can help me, i would greatly appreciate it…
    My email is
    Thanks, Jaredd

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