I've been playing a couple of Wine-games today and decided to switch to
metacity to see what the performance difference was like. If you've never done it before, you just run
metacity --replace but don't do that if you use Unity!
Anyway, surprise surprise it was like playing on a dedicated Windows gaming machine. Playing under
metacity today was bliss. Much higher framerates and just a fluidity that you'd expect from a native game. I'm not sure I can go back.
metacity is no hardship but I wonder if there's anything else in the WM landscape that I should try out. I'm essentially looking for suggestions for the best way to play games. Mix up WMs, dedicated X sessions, whatever... As long as it makes Wine games run faster.
One process per answer (eg: New X session + OpenBox)
We should probably land on a benchmark so we can show percentage improvement over a stock Compiz desktop. I'm open to suggestions in the comments.
If people could test it and submit their how much it improves things for them in the comments, that would give others a good idea of if it's worth the pain.