Using Compiz with Kubuntu Natty

Compiz Fusion can be used as the Windows Manager for Kubuntu Natty instead of KWin. I’ve found that it allows 3D desktop effects on machines where KWin will not enable 3D. To install Compize, open a terminal and:
sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-kde compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra emerald librsvg2-common

To change to Compiz as the Window Manager open:
K menu -> System Settings
Then open
Default Applications
select/open
Window Manager
and tick “Use different window manager” making sure Compize is selected in the pull down list.
Next logout and log back in for the change to take effect.
Finally, Open Compiz Configuration:
K menu -> Settings -> CompizConfig Settings Manager
And adjust the following settings as needed:

Gnome Compatibility should not be selected
KDE Compatibility should be selected
OpenGL should be selected

  1. Ray Ferguson

    My Terminal cannot locate:- sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-kde compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra emerald librsvg2-common, just going round in circles.

    • You didn’t say what version of Ubuntu you are using I’m using 12.04. In that version, the settings-manager is is the universe repository and compiz-kde is only in precise-updates/universe. The latter seems to be odd to me but if you don’t have those repositories enabled, apt won’t find them. Even so it shouldn’t just hang it should give you an error so I’m not sure what the problem is…

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