View Full Version : Unity dash's fake transparency

March 20th, 2012, 06:32 PM
I suppose this is a matter of design...
The transparency of Unity's dashboard isn't really transparency.

Don't take my word for it, see for yourself:
Watch a video and bring out the panel over the video display.
Whatever part of the video is behind the dash will be frozen, blurred, and tinted.

Compare that to the transparency available in gnome-terminal (may not be enabled by default):
Watch a video and open a gnome-terminal.
Whatever part of the video is behind the terminal is tinted, but not blurred and no part of the video is frozen.

The blurring feature of the dashboard makes the display easier to read.
It reminds me of the "fake argb" feature in compiz.

After an update today, I noticed a new decoration in Unity that uses real transparency with blurring.
The clear outline that wraps around the Launcher, dashboard, and panel proves that real transparency is possible here, with blur.