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Embrace Eye Candy with Compiz on the Linux Desktop

Feb 18, 2011, 01:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Tired of a looking at a flat, bland desktop? It's time for some eye candy, Compiz-style. Using Compiz you can enable all sorts of fantastic desktop effects and attractive themes. Want to spruce up your machine with 3D eye candy? Read on to enable Compiz, manage your workspaces with a 3D cube, and help yourself to the Emerald collection of Compiz themes.

"Of course before we can get to those super cool effects, we have to get Compiz installed on your desktop. And that is what this tutorial is all about — installing Compiz.

"Pre-Install Check

"Before you can install Compiz, you have to make sure you have the hardware that will power compositing. Finding an "official minimum requirements" list is a bit of a challenge. But I will say that most modern desktop machines should be powerful enough to use Compiz. If you already have Linux installed, and you're using the GNOME desktop, a good way to check is to click System > Preferences > Appearance. In this new window click on the Visual Effects tab and select either Normal or Extra. If all of a sudden your desktop seems to have a few extra effects (like Wobbly Windows) you're good to go."

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