"KWin, KDE's window manager, has been around since KDE 2.0
(replacing KWM in KDE 1.x) and has grown to be a mature and stable
window manager over the years. For KDE 4, however, there were a few
people rumbling about visual effects, and perhaps KWin was feeling
a little envious of its younger cousins Compiz and Beryl. While
these new effects have created a lot of buzz around Linux and UNIX,
long-term KDE users have wished they can enjoy the effects of
Compiz/Beryl while still having the tried and tested window manager
that is KWin. As a result, for KDE 4, KWin has received a huge
graphical upgrade, with composite and GL support. Read on for more
"KWin has implemented effects in a way that allows a number of
different rendering methods to be used, depending on your specific
combination of hardware and drivers..."
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