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On 11/11/2017 04:22 PM, @LeeteqXV (Twitter & Mastodon.technology) wrote:
> Ref. "(maybe if you using Compiz with fancy desktop effects) "
> For me, the desktop environment affects my well-being and mood
> very much, so yes some of such "effects" are important, both for
> efficiency and for the general good feeling when working etc.,, not
> the fancy part.
> I prefer to have 12+ viewports/workspaces, each with its own name
> and background image, so I can associate specific
> tasks/applications to each one, plus with a wrap-around function to
> navigate beyond the borders. I use Compiz for this on Ubuntu, and
> fortunately all of the above is possible in Qubes without any extra
> tools.
> Compiz provides customized window transparency so that when I
> write, I arrange for good (text++) contrast towards the nice
> background image on each desktop, on a per-window basis. I use
> Alt+[numeric"+"] and Alt-[numeric"-"] keyboard shortcuts to
> increase/decrease the transparency on the active window. (Not sure
> if this is possible in Qubes out-of-the-box?)
> With this as the background (all done outside of the VMs), along
> with the initially mentioned points about increasing use of
> one-app-vms, are you saying that we can basically just keep upping
> the RAM without worrying about the potential need for increased
> display memory?

I used those effects as well. So yes, I would still say you do not
have to worry about your video RAM.

> I would like to know what are the minimum requirements for the
> graphics card in this respect, for "both ends of the spectre", so
> to speak;

My experience is that you can't have any Qubes compatible hardware
that is not enough for any kind of fancy compiz effects. Mainly
because the VGA is integrated into the CPU package (most of the
systems nowadays). You may have to increase the default assigned video
RAM in BIOS, but that's all.

> a) ~16GB RAM, which is getting increasingly possible with
> sub-€1000 laptops (just for the perspective on the limits). b)
> >32GB RAM, for the high-end computers.
> Will it be possible to use a (compatible) laptop in the sub-€1000
> range as long as it has enough RAM, or should one also verify that
> the display card meet some kind of minimum specifications (for the
> scenario where we are going to run a LOT of VMs, only limited by
> the available RAM)?

See my note above.

> + How is this different with Qubes 4.x compared to 3.2?

Nothing changed about VGA.

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