Saturday, January 19, 2008

Ubuntu Gutsy: Getting compiz-fusion working under ati fglrx driver

First of all I have to say compiz-fusion is really cool! And with Gutsy we don't have to play with custom scripts for xserver anymore. Getting it working is so easy.

Follow these steps:

1. Refresh your package list using Synaptic.

2. If you haven't done so already, select and install package "xorg-driver-fglrx" and Restart the computer.

4. Select and install package "xserver-xgl".

5. Ubuntu will notify that the xserver setup has changed. Restart the xserver using Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.

Compiz-fusion should be working now. To check, go to System -> Preferences -> Appearence -> Desktop Effects and select Normal or Extra effects.

Installing compiz settings manager

The standard appearance dialog box doesn't allow custom configuration to compiz visual effects. You have to use Compiz settings manager for advanced customizations and for some extra cool effects.

1. Using Synaptic, select and install package "compizconfig-settings-manager".

2. To access settings, Click the "Advanced" button in Desktop effects tab.


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