Awe \Awe\ ([add]), n.
2. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence. [1913 Webster]
Solemn Wonder. Profound Reverence. That's exactly how I felt after installing and running Beryl desktop manager. It's simply awesome! No wonder Mohammad Nabil likes it so much.
For those who don't know what Beryl is, it's an alternative desktop manager. Basically, it manages how windows get rendered and how they behave. It has a very nice set of features, with lots of focus on stunning visual effects. In simple words, it makes the desktop environment look very awesome and act very cool about it ;-). Here are some screenshots that I took while writing this article:
- Here's one showing off the cubic environment and 3d windows, with the Firefox window being bent between two desktops
- And here's another one showing a window being incinerated by the Fire (aka Burn) effect as it gets closed, while the Beryl configuration manager is open underneath so I can adjust the animation speed to be able to catch it in a screenshot
- And these two show the various spring effects at work
If I tried to list all the features, I'd have to post about a dozen more screenshots and the post would get humongous. I just wanted to share with you the highlight of my Linux experience for this past couple of days. It has turned it to a very catchy experience and I actually got used to it faster than I could imagine. I had to use Windows a couple of days ago to do some filesystem edits, and it felt sooooo boring with its traditional windows and colors...
Bottom line, it's a very fine piece of software that must've had lots of hard work and artful skill to reach where it is right now. I'm humbled, really!
Other than that, it has been a rather uneventful couple of days. I got a bunch more programs installed, and learned a bit more about the inner workings of Linux. My typing speed is gradually increasing, thanks to all the practice typing shell commands, which is still somehow inevitable for some administrative tasks.
The one challenge that I might be faced with soon is trying to move my whole installation to a new hard drive that I'm thinking of getting. I know it can be done and I don't think it's gonna mind being moved to a bigger drive, as long as I can reinstall grub on the new drive's boot. I'm still not sure if this would work at all and what the best way to do it would be, so if someone has any idea; any comments would be highly appreciated :-).