Compiz truely and honestly redefines user desktop experience and desktop/window management.
In order to make life easy, let us go through a few pre-flight checks to ensure all is well once we enable Compiz/Desktop Effects and start using it.
The Pre-requisites include
Proper drivers installed for your Intel,ATI or nVidia or Intel Graphics card.
If you are using ATI,Nvidia Display cards you can install drivers from System--->Administration--->Hardware Drivers to detect the graphic card and to install associated drivers.
Install CCSM on Ubuntu
After installing graphics card drivers you need to install compiz fusion using the following comamnd
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-plugins emerald
Configure Compiz Fusion
Now you need to enable Visual effects for this go to System--->Preferences--->Appearance
Once it opens click on Visual Effects select Extra option and click on close
Now go to System--->Preferences--->CompizConfig Settings Manager
Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen here you need to select and configure required options for example Tick Desktop Cube,Cube Rotation,wobbly windows,ring switcher fire effect etc as you prefer.
Desktop Cube Rotation
If you want to enable desktop cube rotation you need to make sure you have selected Desktop Cube,Cube Rotation options in the above step,Now you need to select Cube Reflection and Deformation
Now you need to double click on Cube Reflection and Deformation option to configure in the below screen clickn on deformation tab select Cylinder or sphere click on Back tab and close
Some Compiz Fusion Screenshots
Check Compiz Keyboard Shortcuts from here