Compiz and nVidia on Ubuntu feisty Fawn

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Compiz is a compositing window manager that uses 3D graphics acceleration via OpenGL. It provides various new graphical effects and features on any desktop environment, including Gnome and KDE.One more cool thing about ubuntu feisty fawn is Compiz will be installed by default.

Compiz Features

Easily extendable through plugins.

A growing, friendly community of users.

Increases productivity and enjoyment.

Impresses your family and friends.

Compiz is actively developed.

Install nVidia drivers in Ubuntu Feisty

First you need to install nvidia drivers using the following command

sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx

sudo nvidia-xconfig --add-argb-glx-visuals

Enable Desktop Effects

Compiz will be installed by default in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn just you have to enable this.

Go to System->Preferences->Desktop Effects, click the ‘Enable Desktop Effects' button.

If you want to get the cube to work do the following commands

gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/compiz/general/screen0/options/hsize 4

gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/compiz/general/screen0/options/number_of_desktops 1

If you want to configure compiz use the following command


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10 Responses

  1. mocoloco says:

    A couple of corrections.
    1) To install the nVidia drivers (or for other cards, eg ATI) just use the new tool at System -> Administration -> Restricted Drivers Manager. It will find and install the correct dirvers.
    2) The cube didn’t work in pre-release but works fine now just by turning it on in the Desktop Effects tool.

    If you want more control over your effects disable compiz and install beryl, emerald, and emerald-themes (in universe I believe). It’s less stable though. Also Compiz and Beryl are going to be merging in the future, so if you’re patient just wait for a stable release of whatever they’ll call it then.

  2. admin says:

    thank you very much for your invaluable points

  3. Gabe says:

    I’d need some help with starting up compiz. (e.g. with the enable desktop effects.) i am using nvidia-glx-new and have no EE in xlog. yet when trying to turn on desktop effects i get the Desktop effects could not be be enabled error msg. let me add that i have set up compiz under edgy with a tiny script to turn it on and off and that still works, i get shadows and alpha. when i try to start beryl with the beryl-manager it falls back on gnome. i searched through logs but maybe i’m looking on the wrong spot. any suggestions?

  4. Spudie says:

    Whan that happens, do you still have the beryl icon in your taskbar? if so:

    Try browsing thru that menu and look for 2 settings, (i don’t know wich 2 atm cuz i’m on cough windows) but check if these settings are set to emerald and the other to beryl, or something like that. That fixed my problem.

    Good luck,


  5. Gabe says:

    ok emerald is just a theme manager, will only work if beryl is already up and running. when i try to switch to beryl wm it fails without any messages, and falls back on metacity cause in beryl-manager it’s set to do just that(so i’m not stuck without a wm). i think my problem somehow might be related to having the proprietary drivers already installed on Edgy.

  6. Gabe says:

    problem solved: i had rotate option enabled in xorg.conf which did not allowed RandR option to run.

  7. EK says:

    Doesn’t look like any of the previous posts ran into this, but I found that I needed to do a sudo apt-get update before I could do the sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx. Once I did that then everything else worked fine.

  8. Keth says:

    I’m using a 5 year old AMD computer, but when i’ve enabled the desktop effects on my com, the whole screen turns white. can you explain this? and if possible, can you tell me how to install compiz as i’m a noob when it comes to linux.

  9. Anders says:

    Keth: I use a old AMD computer too, and it works all right. Nvidias binary X-driver can give that effekt if you don’t configure it correctly.
    I had that problem with a newer computer too.

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