XFCE - Slow Desktop (Compositing)
A while ago, I turned off display compositing in Xubuntu to see if it would improve the terrible framerate when interacting with my triple monitor desktop. I was tired of seeing jerky behaviour when resizing or moving windows. The performance difference this has caused is immense, and I will never go back.
Turn Off Display Compositing
Go to window manager -> tweaks. Turn off display compositing.
Microsoft Teams Fix
If you disable compositing, then Microsoft Teams will show a black screen when you share your desktop. Luckily, there is an easy fix.
What is Compositing
After realizing how much compositing had been killing my desktop, I wanted to know what it was exactly.
This video on youtube does a good job of explaining what it is:
Xubuntu - Switching To Compton
If you have to have compositing, but you want a better compositor, this video shows how to switch to compton, and no, it's not from me.
First published: 21st August 2020