Compiz-Fusion – review and how-to (ubuntu/intel)


How-To (ubuntu/intel)

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 feisty eyecandy

deb-src feisty eyecandy

now get the key:

~$ KEY=81836EBF; gpg –keyserver –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:

compiz –replace

emerald –replace

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:


Final Thought

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.

3 Responses to “Compiz-Fusion – review and how-to (ubuntu/intel)”

  1. ign Says:

    i followed your guide but i can’t get the key to work. when i execute the command you mentioned i get: usage: gpg [options] [filename]
    i also triedo to continue without the key but i get this error when trying to install compiz:
    Unpacking replacement compiz-gnome …
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/compiz-gnome_1%3a0.5.1+git20070728~jbs1_amd64.deb (–unpack):
    trying to overwrite `/usr/lib/compiz/’, which is also in package compiz-plugins
    dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    any ideas as to how to solve this?


  2. Andrew Says:

    me too

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