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Window Decoration native KDE 3.2 +

Score 74%



Link:  http://
Downloads:  51761
Submitted:  Dec 19 2004
Updated:  Jan 26 2005


Crystal-GL is the next generation of my crystal window decoration theme.
By using OpenGL to render itself, it simulates refraction and light mapping! Check out screenshots! NOW!

I name the deco HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL! Don't blame me, if it brakes your computer into two, if it crashes kde or makes it unusable. THIS IS BETA, NO WARRANTY.
If it breakes kwin, even on startup, remove your ~/.kde/share/config/kwinrc file, to reset the kwin settings to default.

WARNING: You need to have write access to the 3D acceleration device, if exists. I.e.: /dev/dri/* or /dev/nv*. Otherwise the deco or kcontrol may crash.

It looks very similar to crystal, but has more eye-candy and smooth animations.

* Grabs your wallpaper and simulates bended glass, little lighting. You are able to specify the ior. ;)
* Support for button themes. Feel free to swamp me with cool themes. :D The themes are the same than the ones in crystal.
Knifty button theme by Enso

* Needs a working GL subsystem!!! Don't blame me, if yours is broken!
* Be careful on nvidia systems, if under load, the gl subsystem may become *real* slow, so my deco.
* Needs KDE >=3.2 and QT>=3.2 to compile.
* May be slower than any other deco
* May be fat
* May make you drool, and you might forget to eat, sleep or even breath!

-- INSTALL -------------------------
Basic Installation (from the console):
- Step 1
$ ./configure
OR: $ ./configure --prefix=`kde-config --prefix`
- Step 2
$ make
- Step 3 (as root)
# make install

If configure fails, check that you have both the Qt and KDE development headers installed. If you used a previous version before, you need to restart kde to use the upgraded version.

Please give some feedback or tell me some improvement suggestions.
I would be very happy about some packages, like for Mandrake, Debian, Suse, Redhat, etc! PLEASE DON'T POST PACKAGES AS NEW CONTENT, just notify me and mail it to me, and I'll host them.

PROVIDED PACKAGES MAY NOT BE UP2DATE! Check out versions number!

Thanks to bitwit for each others help with the GL-deco stuff!

Enjoy! :)

Check out crystal (non-gl) at:

Sascha Hlusiak


* All packages up to date now

* Made look antialiased caption damn good. Enabling this is RECOMMENDED now!
* Fixed menu button image bug
* Split up rendering process into four for each border. Maybe speed up or (most likely) speed down. :-/ Should fix nvidia-slowdown-bug on maximized windows.
* Added feature: "Scroll" through windows, by using the mouse wheel on the title bar, as well as an option in the configuration dialog to disable this immediately :>
* Improved config dialog a little

* Added extreme slick "handpainted" button theme (thank you, Marco)
* Fixed some bugs, which almost drove me crazy on my notebook.
* Little speed up in the initialization
* Improved my "button-rendering-engine" a lot. Now button tinting uses GL, too.
* Added more options for button tinting.
* Added option to make the hover effect fade
* Added option to disable the transparency feature completely (don't dare!)
* Added information of direct rendering and glx version to the control center preview
* Got rid of some unneccessary code, probably put in a lot of more unneccessary code.
* Added a benchmark feature for my internal use (ctrl+alt+shift+RightButton on the title bar)

* Added Knifty button theme (thanks to Enso)
* Fixed buttons
* Little code rearrangement, nothing visible

(SOURCE: crystalgl-0.8.1 (tar.bz2))
(Debian: crystalgl-0.8.1 (deb))
(Mandrake/Fedora: crystalgl-0.8.1 (rpm))
(SuSE: crystalgl-0.8.1 (rpm))
(Slackware: crystalgl-0.8.1 (tgz))
(Gentoo ebuild: crystalgl-0.8.1 (ebuild))
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 Excellent & Unstable

 by fuzziebio on: Dec 20 2004
Score 50%
SUNY Buffalo

Very well done. I love the way it refracts the bg image and the like.

Only prob it tends to die every now and again :(
Im gonna wait untill a future release untill I use it 100%.

BTW, thanks for the Mandrake RPM, very much appreciated.

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 Re: Excellent & Unst

 by dralgebra on: Dec 20 2004
Score 50%

Please try the current source code and compile it your own. There is one known bug fixed and the mandrake rpm is not up to date.
Perhaps you might suffer from this one bug, but there are more than one, I promise. ;)

If you can be a bi more specific, when it dies, it would be very helpful.

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 Re: Re: Excellent &

 by fuzziebio on: Dec 20 2004
Score 50%
SUNY Buffalo

At some random times, Kwin decides to die and then the crap hits the fan.
At one instance, it crashed after exiting Nautilus and ended up displaying the Gnome desktop somehow...

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 new fav

 by nuka on: Dec 20 2004
Score 50%

this is now officially my fav windeco, replacing regular crystal.

lol, im still using .7.0. and it hasnt crashed once. right now, i dragged the .7.1 folder over to the desktop so i can compile it and it crashed. i think its jealous.

now that its compiled, i like .7.1. but can you have an option to have the dark gradient start from top and go down? right now, you can see a line between the border and the titlebar. it doesn't look bery nice.

also, it would be cool if the button backgrounds nad the actualy symbols of the buttons(the -,+,x etc..) are different files. that way, we can have a black symbol on while button to improve readability(0r any colors we want).

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 Re: new fav

 by shadowrm on: Dec 20 2004
Score 50%

i second this! ;-) -- absolutly excellent work, a most befitting sequel to the ever so popular crystal-deco!! keep it coming!

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 0.7.0 - 0.7.1

 by bitwit on: Dec 20 2004
Score 50%
Digilante by Design

kwin still outputs 2 pages of...

free(): invalid pointer 0x8647848!
free(): invalid pointer 0x851d1d8!
free(): invalid pointer 0x864ab38!
free(): invalid pointer 0x81c2df8!
free(): invalid pointer 0x86ae388!
free(): invalid pointer 0x8554570!
free(): invalid pointer 0x81b8620!
free(): invalid pointer 0x857c3d8!
free(): invalid pointer 0x8563d48!
free(): invalid pointer 0x8583bf0!
free(): invalid pointer 0x81a4258!

KCrash: Application 'kwin' crashing...

SuSE 9.1 KDE 3.3.2 Qt 3.3.3

hmmm... and no honorable mention.

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 Crystal dead?

 by gnumdk on: Dec 21 2004
Score 50%

Will you maintain crystal? I don't need something using OpenGL, i don't need transparency, but i love crystal :)


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 Re: Crystal dead?

 by dralgebra on: Dec 21 2004
Score 50%

Of course I will maintain crystal, even more than crystal-gl, because crystal is rock-solid. As far as I can improve it, I will.

Crystal-GL has too many bugs and glitches, it crashes on my computer sometimes, too.

It hurts, when people use crystal without it's transparency feature, because I put so much effort in making it work. *g* But I don't mind, glad anyway that you like it.
But crystal (and crystal-gl) need more button themes, c'mon, artists. ;)

Crystal is the first choice. Not everyone has a working gl subsystem, even I don't. o_O

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 Absolutly stunning

 by powerpenguin on: Dec 21 2004
Score 50%

Very nice,
I have NEVER seen anything like this on the desktop.

I hope everyone who rates this poorly falls on a sharp spike.

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 REALLY nice

 by AntonioFasolato on: Dec 21 2004
Score 50%

I mean, I'm impressed! Good work!

On my SuSE 9.1 box it still crashes kwin sometimes (when I use mplayer!?), but it is an impressive work.

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