How to install Compiz Fusion in Ubuntu

Compiz Fusion is a seriously powerful extension to Gnome (basically the GUI for Linux). It’s been possible to create extra desktops in Ubuntu for a long time, but with Compiz you can switch between each desktop via a three dimensional cube, which is actually very usable and seriously cool. Amaze your friends with Compiz fusion by showing them your machine doing tricks like this:

compiz desktop in ubuntu linux

Installing Compiz in Ubuntu Hardy is extremely easy. In fact, you already have it. For earlier versions of Ubuntu, follow these instructions. If you have Hardy, Intrepid or Jaunty Jackalope, read on…

Compiz is already installed in Hardy, Intrepid and Jaunty, but you need access to the advanced settings manager to activate the cube and cube rotation. You’re going to install a package called: compizconfig-settings-manager. Installing it in Hardy is easy – go to Synaptic Package Manager (System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager) and do a search for compizconfig-settings-manager. Check the install box and click apply.

Now, if you go to System>Preferences you’ll see that a new menu item has appeared – “Advanced desktop effects settings”. Open the menu.

compiz settings manager

Behold! The compiz settings manager. This is where you activate all of the cool tricks. There are so many fiddly little settings to play with that it would be impossible to write about them all. I’ll leave you to break discover them yourself. There are however some really important ones to switch on that are worthy of note and will provide an important first step:

1) Under “Desktop” check “Desktop Cube”. There are lots of settings inside this module, but for the time being leave it checked

2) Underneath the desktop cube checkbox, check “Rotate Cube”.

If all goes well, then holding down CTRL>ALT and the right hand mouse button should instantly zoom you out and display a three dimensional desktop! Mouse around and it will spin up and down and from left to right. The rest, I leave to you. enjoy :-)