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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Ubuntu Desktop Effects FAQ

The FAQ

Compiz
What is Compiz Fusion?



Compiz is what is known as a "compositing manager." It enables your desktop to run faster than with traditional window managers, and allows you to be more productive. Compiz controls the effects you see on your desktop: Shadows, animations, "the cube," and a whole bundle of other fun effects.
Ubuntu 7.10 with Compiz Fusion enabledImage via Wikipedia

I know if Compiz is enabled (How can I disable Compiz?)


On Ubuntu 7.10 and up:
Open System > Preferences > Appearance. Click on the Visual Effects tab. If Compiz and desktop effects are enabled, NormalExtra, or Custom will be selected. If Compiz is disabled, None will be selected. To switch modes, simply click on another selection. Changes take effect immediately.
Why is my card "Blacklisted?")



http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=765875
What is a quicker way to enable/disable Compiz? - Gourgi



Install the package fusion-icon and reload your session for a notification icon to switch between Compiz and the standard window manager.
How can I install Beryl?



Beryl was merged back into the Compiz project to create what is now know as Compiz Fusion. Beryl is no longer supported or developed meaning that if there is a bug, no one will fix it. Therefore it is recommended that you use Compiz Fusion which comes installed by default in Ubuntu.
How can I get Custom to appear in the Visual Effects dialog?



Custom only appears if the package simple-ccsm is installed. When you install simple-ccsm, a new selection will be available in Visual Effects, which allows you to customize what effects are active on your desktop. You can also customize the effects from System > Preferences > Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager.
Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager doesn't provide enough options or effects. Are there more?



Simple CompizConfig is just that, simple. If you are looking for more options, install the package compizconfig-settings-manager. Be sure to keep simple-ccsm installed so that the Custom option remains available in Visual Effects.

You can also access it from System > Preferences > Advanced Desktop Effects Settings or by opening a terminal (or Alt+F2) and typing ccsm.
I can't find some of the plugins mentioned in this FAQ. Where are they?



As of recent Ubuntu releases, these are now available in compiz-fusion-plugins-extra, which is not installed by default.
Desktop Effects could not be enabled?



See the following thread to find out why:Compiz-Check 
Is compiz for Ubuntu and Kubuntu only?



Nope! Xubuntu has it too!
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=934934

Just to add, if you want to use emerald for window decorations, don't forget to type in alt+f2:
Code:
emerald --replace
The gtk-window-decorator cannot be controlled by Applications > Settings > Settings Manager > Window Manager since it only control xfwm4. However, you can load .cgwdtheme files through the terminal. I recommended emerald since it is really cool.
Where did my window borders go?





This is a common mistake caused by disabling some plugins in CompizConfig Settings Manager. To fix, open the manager (System > Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager) and find the "Window Decorations" plugin. Check the box and you're all set.
How can I get the "cube" effect?





(Image) First, install compizconfig-settings-manager. Then, in System > Preferences > Advanced Desktop Effects Settings, go to General Options, Desktop Size tab, and make sure Horizontal Virtual Size is set to 4. Go back to the main window, and enable the Desktop Cube and Rotate Cube plugins.
You can "spin" the cube by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Left and Ctrl+Alt+Right, or hold Ctrl+Alt and click and drag.
What is the "dodge" effect?





http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=899195
How do I beam up my windows to space?






Capt. Picard: Prepare to beam up.
Data: Beaming up in 6 nanoseconds.

Press alt+f2 and type in
Code:
ccsm
(Alternatively, go to System > Preferences > Advanced Desktop Effects Settings in GNOME)

Go to Animations and on the close animation tab, click on the top animation (by default, that would be Glide 2) and press edit. Look for Beam, click ok and close. That's it! Enjoy
What are some other keyboard shortcuts?





http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...34&postcount=5
How do I install a Compiz plugin from git?





7.10 Gutsy
8.04 Hardy
What is Emerald?






Emerald is a replacement window decorator which supports many more effects than gtk-window-decorator, GNOME's built-in window decorator.
How do I install and enable Emerald?






Install the emerald package from Synaptic.
The package emerald-themes provides some themes to use in 8.04, but it is currently missing from the repositories. Themes must be installed manually for the time being.

To enable Emerald on login, go to System > Preferences > Sessions. Click the Add button, and type in Emerald for Name and emerald --replace for Command. Click OK and close the Sessions window. The next time you sign in, Emerald will be running.
Themes
Where can I download additional themes for my desktop?






Themes for Ubuntu (GNOME) can be found at:
Themes for Kubuntu can be found at:
How can I install a custom cursor theme? - Armed Nuke






http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=820245
Other
What is the Mac-like dock I see in some screenshots?





The dock is known as Avant Window Navigator. Instructions on how to install and configure it are available here:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=762363

Another dock available is Cairo-dock: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=878603
How do I get desktop widgets?






There are several programs which allow you to put widgets on the desktop. The most popular is a program called Screenlets. To install it, open up System > Preferences > Synaptic Package Manager, and search for "screenlets". Install the "screenlets" package that comes up by double clicking on it and clicking apply on the top bar. Once it is installed, go to Applications > Accessories > Screenlets (or System > Preferences > Screenlets) and enable the screenlets that you want.
I really love these Screenlets, are there more?






Of course! You can download screenlets either from the 3rd party Screenlets Repository or from the Gnome-look Screenlets section.
My Screenlets package is outdated, how can I get an up to date package?





Add these to your sources in System > Administration > Software Sources; Third Party Software; Add.
Gutsy:
Code:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gilir/ubuntu gutsy main universe
Hardy
Code:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gilir/ubuntu hardy main universe
See http://screenlets.org/index.php/Download for additional sources.
How can I set up different wallpapers for each virtual desktop, with Conky, and get rid of GNOME panels?





http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...4&postcount=39

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Sunday, 28 March 2010

Update Latest 9.10 Hardware Drivers

Here's how to ensure your Ubuntu-driven PC is up-to-date with the latest hardware drivers.
The hardware drivers required varies, of course, from machine to machine. Ubuntu generally works out what driver choices you'll want to know about, to consider installing.
To take a look at what's available for your PC, in the menu:

System > Administration > Hardware Drivers
Listed are any available proprietary drivers. Simply highlight what, if anything, you want, and click the Activate button.
For instance, by default, my wireless wasn't working until I chose the appropriate driver from this list, and I was able to improve the graphical performance as well from one of the choices in this list.
.. But don't get too click happy here. Check out the options and Google them. I had two choices of wifi driver and, after a little research, it turned out one was more advanced than the other. Talk about a close call, huh.

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