In a Mandriva One Live CD, it works out of the box--automatically configured for Compiz and XGL/AIGLX based on your hardware--nothing needs to be installed, it all works out of the box--amazing.
That could've given you encouragement--it certainly gave it to people at my school when I showed it off--they're thinking about installing it along with OpenOffice.org thanks to me. Lol.
Dell Precision 380, Intel Pentium D, 3.00 GHz, 2 GB (4 x 512 MB) DDR2, ATi FireGL v3100 (128 MB), SB X-Fi, Sony 16X DVD-ROM, Optiarc 16X DVD+/-RW
HP Pavilion, Intel Pentium IV 3.2 GHz HT, 1 GB Corsair, nVIDIA Quadro FX 1100 (128 MB), SB Live!, HP 16X DVD-Writer 400i, 16X DVD-ROM
HP Pavilion 8766C, Intel Pentium III 900 MHz, 640 MB PC-100 SDRAM (3 DIMMs), nVIDIA GeForce FX5200 (256 MB), ESS Maestro 2E, HP CD-Writer Plus (CD-RW 4X), Hitachi 8X DVD-ROM