Sunday, July 25, 2010

How to enable compiz desktop in Ubuntu 9.10

Compiz is a compositing window manager that uses 3D graphics acceleration via OpenGL. It provides various new graphical effects and features on any desktop environment, including Gnome and KDE. Compiz Fusion is a collection of plug-ins and a configuration system for the Compiz compositing window manager. It was created from the re- emerging of Beryl into Compiz.
Compiz truely and honestly redefines user desktop experience and desktop/window management.

1.> Pre-Requisites

In order to make life easy, let us go through a few pre-flight checks to ensure all is well once we enable Compiz/Desktop Effects and start using it.

Proper drivers installed for your Intel,ATI or nVidia or Intel Graphics card.
If you are using ATI,Nvidia Display cards you can install drivers from System--->Administration--->Hardware Drivers to detect the graphic card and to install associated drivers.

Install CCSM on Ubuntu

2.> After installing graphics card drivers you need to install compiz fusion using the following comamnd in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-plugins emerald

3.> Now you need to enable Visual effects for this go to System--->Preferences--->Appearance

4.> Now you will get this window on your screen, here you have to choose "Extra" and close the window.

5.> Now you have to open a terminal from Applications >> System tools >> Terminal, and type "ccsm"
(without quotes), and hit enter.

You will get this large window in front of you:

6.> This window contains several desktop enhancements such as fire on screen, rain drops , wiper effects, Desktop cube, desktop cylinder, MAC osX styled window changer and lots more.

here's one of the enhancements called Desktop cube.


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