I have this effect in my desktop and its great to do these tricks. I am talking about compiz fusion. Lets see how to install and apply some effects in Ubuntu. I am doing it on Hardy Heron.
Here are the steps to install compiz :
There are two ways to install compiz.
1. Using synaptic package manager.
2. Using Terminal
Lets see the first method:
1. Using Synaptic Package Manager
Go to Synaptic Package Manager (System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager) and do a search for compizconfig-settings-manager. Check the install box and click apply.
2. Using Terminal
Give the following command in the terminal:
This will install compiz.
Now to add effects: Open System>Preferences>Advanced Desktop Effects Settings OR press Alt+[F2] (OR open terminal) and type ccsm.
Enable the effects you want.There are however some really important ones to switch on that are worthy of note and will provide an important first step:
1) Under “Desktop” check “Desktop Cube”. There are lots of settings inside this module, but for the time being leave it checked.
2) Underneath the desktop cube checkbox, check “Rotate Cube”.
If all goes well, then holding down CTRL>ALT and the right hand mouse button should instantly zoom you out and display a three dimensional desktop! Mouse around and it will spin up and down and from left to right. The rest, I leave to you. enjoy.
Here are some short-cut keys you can use :
SUPER+SHIFT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = draw fire
SUPER+SHIFT+C = clear fire
CTRL+ALT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = rotate cube
CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW = rotate cube
CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW = flat desktop
SHIFT+ALT+UP = initiate window picker
CTRL+ALT+DOWN = unfold cube
ALT+TAB = window switch
SUPER+TAB = flip switcher or ring switcher, depending on which is enabled.
ALT+F7 = initiate ‘move windows’
SHIFT+F9 = water effect
SHIFT+F10 = slow animations
CTRL+ALT+D = show desktop
SUPER+S = select single window
SUPER+T = tab group
SUPER+Left = change left tab
SUPER+Right = change right tab
SUPER+G = group windows
SUPER+U = ungroup windows
SUPER+R = remove group window
SUPER+C = close group
SUPER+X = ignore group
Hold the SUPER button (Windows key)then select the windows you want to group and then hit SUPER+G.
Here is a sample video of my desktop with rotate cube effect.
I hope this will enjoy Ubuntu and recommend your frends to use Ubuntu Linuz.
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