This how-to is meant for ubuntu fiesty 7.04 with the intel chipset but certainly could work for others. (use at your own risk)
1. add repos: sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
# Treviño's Ubuntu feisty EyeCandy Repository (GPG key: 81836EBF - DD800CD9)
# Many eyecandy 3D apps like Beryl, Compiz, Fusion and kiba-dock snapshots
# built using latest available (working) sources from git/svn/cvs...
deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb feisty eyecandy
deb-src http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb feisty eyecandy
now get the key:
~$ KEY=81836EBF; gpg –keyserver subkeys.pgp.net –recv $KEY && gpg –export –armor $KEY | sudo apt-key add –
2. now update and upgrade:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
3. install compiz:
sudo apt-get install compiz # compiz-gnome AND/OR compiz-kde
4. install configurator:
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager # compizconfig-backends-* ?!
5. install compiz fusion:
sudo apt-get install compiz-fusion-*
6. Run compiz:
7. Auto start with ubuntu:
add the two commands from step 6 to your sessions
I originally followed this guide.
One of the best bleeding edge technologies of the open source community has been Compiz, and then later a fork was made to Beryl. I cant remeber the last time I actually ran compiz as Beryl has long adorned my laptop. Simply put, this one piece of software is half the reason I left windows.
I have to admit I was reluctant to leave beryl and install compiz fusion. Beryl was running so perfectly. However it only took a couple of cool screenshots and before you know it my terminal was open (lol). I do not particularly like the new name, and I have already heard people refer to it as fusion (which I like).
Installation went fine, auto starting with ubuntu worked fine as well. It just worked. This release seems very stable and somewhat faster than beryl. The first thing that I noticed was expo – WOW! When you move your mouse to the upper left hand corner you are greeted with 4 screens and each screen has a reflection:
Now that in itself is awsome but then bump it up a notch – the screens are LIVE! You can move windows in between all the screens. Now this is productivity in a box ! The next thing I noticed was the cube has a reflection which is very cool:
Compiz-Fusion has so many options, I cannot possible review them all:
Emeral in action:
This software should be included with every single distro, on by default if the system can handle it. I really love this technology, thank you to the developers for the hard work and innovation that has been put into this release. I cant wait to see the next release.