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As stated by KWin developer Martin:

I just wanted someone to confirm it... :-)

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It is. A main compiz developer had previously spoken against it here, so it's obvious that with him also working on unity, this "feature" would be dropped.

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Yes, it was officially decided at this UDS that client side windows had too many drawbacks to be worth the benefits. The Unity developers, a compiz developer, and a KWin developer have agreed on a new approach that lets window decorations paint the background of the window as well as the decorations. Rejoice.

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Unfortunately, client side decorations are alive and well in the GNOME side of the pond, and starting with GTK+ 3.12, GTK applications have CSD enabled by default even on non-GNOME window managers.

This is aweful and completely breaks the user experience for non-GNOME users.

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