How to install compiz in Ubuntu(Hardy Heron)


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:

manohar@manohar-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager

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+C = clear fire


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.


Manohar Bhattarai


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