How to enable advanced Compiz Fusion desktop effects in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10)
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If you run Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) and your video card will handle the effects, you’ll notice that a subset of effects from Compiz Fusion are enabled by default. You can change to more advanced effects by going to System -> Preferences -> Appearance, clicking on the “Visual Effects” tab and choosing the “Extra” option.
This is OK, but you know your inner geek wants the over-the-top spinning cubes, wobbly windows, flame-writing effects. Fortunately, this is an easy task. The steps are below:
-Go to the terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
-Now go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance, click on the “Visual Effects” tab, and choose the “Custom” option. Beside the “Custom” option there is a “Preferences” button.
This will open up the settings menu for Compiz-Fusion that you did not have before.
That’s it! Really it is. Play around with the settings until you are satisfied. Warning: This can be a HUGE productivity drain
Now you can have desktop effects like the ones in the video below (I know this is an older Compiz video, but it is still my favorite). With the compizconfig-settings-manager installed, all of the effects shown in the video can be turned on if your video card will handle it.
Happy Cube Spinning!
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