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Optimization in KWin 4.6

Nov 01, 2010, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Apart from the scripting interface KWin will not ship any major new feature in 4.6. Most of the work I did for 4.6 was to improve the overall performance of our compositing engine. One of the first improvements I added was for the text and icon overlays in our effects. Now the texture and geometry is always cached and Texture from Pixmap (TFP) is used instead of costly QPixmap/QImage conversations.

"Another area which saw great improvements are effects which transform one window. These effects used to cause the whole screen to repaint even if only a small region changed. Most prominent visible is this with the Show Paint effect enabled and for example Sliding Popups or Wobbly Windows. Those effects are now repainting only the changed area which is a great improvement, especially considering that there is less blurring involved. The changes seem to make a difference as developers running trunk asked in #kwin if we changed something in Wobbly Windows."

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