Enabling Compiz Fusion On A Fedora 8 GNOME Desktop (ATI Mobility Radeon 9200)

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Author: Falko Timme

This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on a Fedora 8 GNOME desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card - I'm using an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 here). With Compiz Fusion you can use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube on your desktop.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I have tried this on my 3-year old HP Pavilion zt3000 notebook which has an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 graphic card, and it works really good there.


2 Graphic Card Driver

If you're using a new Nvidia or ATI graphic card, you will most likely have to install a proprietary driver for it. Fedora 8 doesn't come with these drivers by default, so you must install them from a third-party repository such as rpm.livna.org. Just install this package: http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-8.rpm; afterwards you should find drivers for your graphic card under Applications > Add/Remove Software.

If you are not sure, please try to get Compiz Fusion working without a proprietary driver first, and if it doesn't work, install the proprietary driver for your graphic card.

I don't have to do this because my ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 is old enough to be supported by default. :-)


3 Installing Compiz Fusion

Open the Package Manager (Applications > Add/Remove Software):

Type in the root password:

After the Package Manager has started, go to the Search tab and search for compiz:

In the list of found packages, please mark the following ones for installation:

  • emerald-themes
  • compiz-fusion-extras
  • emerald
  • compiz-fusion
  • compiz-manager
  • compiz-fusion-extras-gnome
  • gnome-compiz-manager
  • libcompizconfig
  • compiz-fusion-gnome
  • ccsm

Click on Apply afterwards:

Confirm your selection by clicking on Continue:

The selected packages might have a few dependencies that must be installed as well. Click on Continue to accept these dependencies:

The packages are now being downloaded:

If the current version of one of the selected packages is on your Fedora DVD, you will be prompted to insert it. Click on OK afterwards:

It might happen that your system doesn't know the GPG key of a package. If that happens, simply click on Import key to continue with the installation:

The packages are now being installed:

You can close the Package Manager afterwards:

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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