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A compositor for X11.


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Compton is a compositor for X, and a fork of xcompmgr-dana.

I was frustrated by the low amount of standalone lightweight compositors Compton was forked from Dana Jansens' fork of xcompmgr and refactored. I fixed whatever bug I found, and added features I wanted. Things seem stable, but don't quote me on it. I will most likely be actively working on this until I get the features I want. This is also a learning experience for me. That is, I'm partially doing this out of a desire to learn Xlib.

Changes from xcompmgr:

  • OpenGL backend (--backend glx), in addition to the old X Render backend.
  • Inactive window transparency (-i) / dimming (--inactive-dim).
  • Titlebar/frame transparency (-e).
  • Menu transparency (-m, thanks to Dana).
  • shadows are now enabled for argb windows, e.g. terminals with transparency
  • removed serverside shadows (and simple compositing)…

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