I was reading this review of Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft, which was just released yesterday, and I remembered that I still had the ISO image sitting on my hard drive waiting to be burned. I figured there is no better time than the present so I slapped it onto a CD and got it running in no time.

The review had so many screenshots of XGL that I figured it was about time to get it installed on my own machine. Normally I use KDE as my desktop environment in Linux and from my experience it has been a little harder to get XGL running in it. Then again I don’t know the ins and outs of Linux but I am fairly proficient at using it.

The review details how to setup XGL in Ubuntu 6.10 for a nVidia graphics card so I went looking around to see what I could find for an ATI graphics card. I ended up using this tutorial but it was designed for Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper so when I added the repositories I had to change them to say:

deb http://www.beerorkid.com/compiz edgy main-edgy
deb http://xgl.compiz.info/ edgy main
deb-src http://xgl.compiz.info/ edgy main

I didn’t try to get all fancy with what can really be done, like this, but I was just happy to get all of the cool effects working smoothly…and it took me less than 10 minutes. All of the people who say that this is just eye candy are completely wrong. Sure certain aspects of XGL/Beryl may be for your viewing pleasure but things like the cube are very useful. Being able to drag windows from one desktop to another is the best simulation for multiple monitors that you’re gonna get.

So you should head on over and download Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft if you still haven’t because it is proving to be a great release.