Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200)

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Author: Falko Timme

This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card - I'm using an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 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 a desktop computer with an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200. It should work the same way with all other NVIDIA graphics cards.


2 Restricted Drivers Manager

To use 3D effects on an NVIDIA graphics card, we need the proprietary NVIDIA driver which is available in the Restricted Drivers Manager. Go to System > Administration > Restricted Drivers Manager:

Type in your password:

The Restricted Drivers Manager should offer an NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver for installation:

Choose that driver; a new window will pop up where you confirm your choice by clicking on the Enable Driver button:

Afterwards the NVIDIA driver is being downloaded and installed:

You can now close the Changes applied window...

... as well as the Restricted Drivers Manager (but note the Needs computer restart line in the Status column - I'll come to this next):

As you've noticed in the previous screenshot, the computer needs a restart so that the changes can take effect. Click on the restart icon in the upper right corner...

... and then on the Restart Now button to reboot the system:

After the reboot the system uses the proprietary NVIDIA graphics driver.


3 Installing Compiz Fusion

Open the Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager):

Type in the root password:

Use the Search function and search for compizconfig:

You should find the package compizconfig-settings-manager in the results. Click on it and select Mark for Installation:

Accept that package's dependencies by clicking on Mark:

Afterwards, you should also select the packages emerald and gnome-compiz-manager for installation (you can use the Search fuction again to find them):

Next, click on the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply again:

Afterwards, the packages are being downloaded and installed:

After all packages have been installed, you can close the Synaptic Package Manager:

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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