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Window Decoration native KDE 3.2 +

Score 74%



Link:  http://
Downloads:  51762
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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 by patroche on: Dec 23 2004
Score 50%

it's good to finaly have GL decos. It runs quite smoothly here, and it dident crash yet :)

I like the "animate on activation" feature a lot!
an other nice feature would be to be able to choose a background color instead of taking the wallpaper as background. Just to have a normal looking win deco, with the lighting gradiant, and the "animate on activation" feature.
An other nice thing (but i can imagine that it's difficult to do, and that it could higher the cpu load) would be to take a snapshot of the desktop to build the background texture, then you could even see the other windows in translucy (i tried to look into the code to see if it's doable but i dident understand much of it, i'm a newbie in programmation :)).

Anyway, thanks for your work!

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 Great work

 by paul on: Dec 23 2004
Score 50%

I works perfect (fast too) when I activate after I log in.
If I try to start KDE with this as default KDE hangs on restoring the session (probably bacause I have a couple of windows open that it restors so I hangs when trying to open thoose)
I have to remove my kwin* config files to reset it.

If it's anything I can do to help you solve this I'll be glad to help!

Happy holiday!

Kind Regards

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 Glad to see you in G

 by strawnman on: Dec 23 2004
Score 50%

Hey, great work. I have been using Crystal for a long time. You are the hit with the debian nation. Your debs load perfectly, and that is a huge bonus. Thanks again.

Xandros User. This is my Linux Box, GET YOUR OWN
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 problems on starting

 by shutdown on: Dec 23 2004
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"I works perfect (fast too) when I activate after I log in.
If I try to start KDE with this as default KDE hangs on restoring the session (probably bacause I have a couple of windows open that it restors so I hangs when trying to open thoose)
I have to remove my kwin* config files to reset it."

Same here...any idea how to fix this?
I am using KDE 3.3.2.


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 Re: problems on starting

 by dralgebra on: Dec 24 2004
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Fixed in 0.7.4 now? Anyone still has this problem with 0.7.4?

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 No more crashes

 by Deciare on: Dec 24 2004
Score 50%

... Mostly.

I experienced one last X freeze when logging out and back in after I installed 0.7.4 (the first bordered window I opened after I logged back in froze it), but haven't been able to reproduce it.

I suppose we can call it fixed, at least in my case. :)

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 by Diablo82 on: Dec 24 2004
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I had updated crystalgl using gentoo ebuild, then I just restarted kde and it seemed to work fine. But after a while my desktop was completely frozen. I don't know if you need to know that, but i'm using a Geforce4mx card running 6110 drivers.

Linux...giving Microsoft a taste of mortality.
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