Doesn’t really slow down the system.
Doesn’t add anything to the experience except coolness, JUST LIKE VISTA.
Kills my laptop battery in half the time.
Useless. (but I like the effort)
Update (7/5/2007): For some ungodly reason this post is making rank on the big G, and I am sure that you, if you found this, you were looking for some more substance…
Here goes some riffin’ …
My Insipron 8600 with a GeForce FX Go5200 works with Desktop effects. Considering the age of this laptop, that is pretty good. I would venture a guess that any Nvidia card from the last few years will run Ubuntu Desktop Effects with little or no issues as long as you have the Nvidia proprietary precompiled drivers installed.
I also have an two year old Dell Poweredge SC420 (read: cheap, reliable, bargain basement) with Intel chipset, the E7221. Since the video is so poor (really, really poor – made for being a server not a desktop) I expected it not to work. Guess what. It doesn’t.
From everything else I have looked up, ATI cards, with their proprietary drivers, should work with U.D.E. as well. You know if you are running them because Ubuntu will grouse at you with a “proprietary driver” warning upon an installation.
The only other issue I had on the Dell Laptop is if you want to change the amount of virtual desktops you have, you have to stop the effect, then change the quantity of virtual desktops, then start the effects up again – then put your hand on your head and put the left foot on the red dot – Yahtzee!
I know you don’t get the full on Beryl/Compiz love with U.D.E. (So, I made up an acronym on the fly – I’m riffin’) but it give does give you a decent, non-committal, taste.