Who says Compiz is dead? It was one reason I tried Ubuntu in the first place (lame I know). It runs flawlessly on everything from this generic POS laptop I'm using now to my dream machine at home. It's buggy only if you don't know how to install your Open GL drivers, and awkward to set up if you're a total n00b (ain't nuthin' wrong with that).
Here's hoping Compiz continues to develop more eye candy.
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"Installing a printer is supposed to be a pain in the ***!" (said comment was the impetus for me going out and buying a wireless network HP printer and setting it up in minutes using HPlip.)