[olug] Setting window transparency with focus

Obi-Wan obiwan at jedi.com
Wed Jan 8 15:21:30 UTC 2014

Howdy all,

At work, we recently switched from Ubuntu 10.04 running gnome 2 on our 
desktop machines to Debian 7 running xfce.  In the old setup, I'd been 
running compiz, and had it configured with focus-follows-mouse so that 
if a any windows were in front of the actively focus window, those 
unfocused windows would go transparent so I could see the focused window 
through them.  They would not be transparent unless they were blocking 
the in-focus window.

I'd grown rather attached to that feature, but I can't find any way to 
replicate it under xfce at work or even under Ubuntu 13.10's KDE at 
home.  Both allow me to make out-of-focus windows transparent all the 
time, but not only when occluding the in-focus window.

I've been unable to find any solutions via google.  Do any of you have 
any ideas on how to make this happen?  Are there aftermarket compositors 
that provide this functionality and can be used in xfce or KDE?

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