Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop (ATI Mobility Radeon 9200) - Page 2

4 Enabling Compiz Fusion

In order to enable Compiz Fusion, we use the Compiz Fusion Icon. Go to Applications > System Tools > Compiz Fusion Icon:

A blue icon for Compiz Fusion will appear in the upper right panel. Right-click on it and go to Select Window Decorator where you select Emerald:

Then select Reload Window Manager. This will actually start Compiz Fusion:


5 Some Screenshots

Here are some screenshots of Compiz Fusion in action:


6 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here's a list of the most common Compiz Fusion keyboard shortcuts. If they work for you depends on what effects you enabled in the CompizConfig Settings Manager.

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.


7 How To Automatically Start The Fusion Icon When You Log In

Of course, you don't want to start Compiz Fusion manually each time you log in. Fortunately there's a way to make it start automatically when you log in. Go to System > Preferences > Sessions:

On the Startup Programs tab, click on the Add button:

An Add Startup Program window comes up. Type in a name (e.g. Fusion Icon), and then click on the Browse... button to select the command to start Fusion Icon:

Go to the /usr/bin folder and pick fusion-icon (or type in /usr/bin/fusion-icon manually in the Command field of the Add Startup Program window):

If you like you can add a comment, but it's not necessary. Click on OK when you're done:

That's it. Now Compiz Fusion will start automatically each time you log in.


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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