Enabling Compiz Fusion On A Fedora 8 GNOME Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200) - Page 2

3 Installing Compiz Fusion

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

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:


4 Enabling Compiz Fusion

To enable Compiz Fusion, go to System > Preferences > Look and Feel > Desktop Effects:

Click on Enable Desktop Effects:

The new settings are now being tested. If everything seems to work ok, click on Keep settings (otherwise you won't be able to use Compiz Fusion):

Afterwards, you can enable Windows Wobble when Moved and Workspaces on a Cube, if you like, and click on Close to leave the Desktop Effects window:

Compiz Fusion should now be working.

To configure Compiz Fusion, open the CompizConfig Settings Manager (System > Preferences > Look and Feel > CompizConfig Settings Manager):

In the CompizConfig Settings Manager you can define the behaviour of Compiz Fusion:


5 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here's a list of the most common Compiz Fusion keyboard shortcuts:

SUPER+SHIFT+C = clear fire
CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW = rotate cube
CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW = flat desktop
SHIFT+ALT+UP = initiate window picker
CTRL+ALT+DOWN = unfold cube
ALT+TAB = window switch
SUPER+TAB = flip switcher or ring switcher, depending on which is enabled.
ALT+F7 = initiate 'move windows'
SHIFT+F9 = water effect
SHIFT+F10 = slow animations
CTRL+ALT+D = show desktop

For Grouping and Tabbing:
SUPER+S = select single window
SUPER+T = tab group
SUPER+Left = change left tab
SUPER+Right = change right tab
SUPER+G = group windows
SUPER+U = ungroup windows
SUPER+R = remove group window
SUPER+C = close group
SUPER+X = ignore group
Hold the SUPER button then select the windows you want to group and then hit SUPER+G.

The SUPER key is the Windows key on most keyboards.


6 Some Screenshots

Here are some screenshots of Compiz Fusion in action:


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For some user enabling effects using "desktop-effects" fails with error. If so, run in terminal:

$ desktop-effects 

and try to enable them once more. If you receive something similar to:

compiz (core) - Fatal: No sync extension
Xlib: extension "SHAPE" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "SHAPE" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib: extension "SHAPE" missing on display ":0.0".

That means you should add  

Load "extmod"

to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file in Module section and restart X server. That should solve a problem.

More info: