I am going to talk about a little problem that I found installing Compiz over Ubuntu in my laptop.
There are graphic cards in a Compiz Blacklist, because of they did not enough tested, or did not use standards, with Compiz can grant a good software performance.
Treating to see the 3D Compiz-fusion Desktop on Linux, I installed Ubuntu in my new laptop:
- ASUS Z53E
- Ubuntu 7.10
- Graphics: Intel X3100
The Ubuntu installation process, brilliant. With the LiveCD a guided installation. Ubuntu was installed in 20 minutes.
!! But the brand-new Desktop effects did not installed ¡¡
In the menu option System > Preferences > Aparience > Visual effects we must mark the “Extra” choice to work with 3D effects.
But when I marked the option shows the error: “Desktop effects could not be enabled”. This was because of my graphic card (intel x3100) is in the Compiz Blacklist, as you can read at this post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=582112.
To solve it then go off the Blacklist:
mkdir -p ~/.config/compiz/ && echo SKIP_CHECKS=yes >> ~/.config/compiz/compiz-manager
Then we have the 3D effects. But if we want to tune them, we need:
- A settings manager (compizconfig-settings-manager): Where I will configure what effects I want to show.
- A them manager (Emerald): We can tune our Desktop, with the themes in compiz repository: http://www.compiz-themes.org.
This utilities are installing from the command line as I type:
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager emerald
We have both at System > Preferences.
If you want a reference about compiz-fusion, or learn the utilization, you can access to Compiz wiki: http://wiki.compiz-fusion.org/