Enabling Compiz Fusion On A Debian Squeeze Desktop (Nvidia GeForce 8200) - Page 2

5 Adding More Effects

To enable more Compiz Fusion effects, open the CompizConfig Settings Manager again. You can select more effects under Desktop...

... and Effects:

To get the desktop cube working that you've probably seen everywhere on the Internet, we need four workspaces. If you only have two workspaces (take a look at the bottom right corner of your desktop:

), do the following to add two more workspaces: in the CompizConfig Settings Manager, go to General > General Options:

Now go to the Desktop Size tab and select 4 in the Horizontal Virtual Size field:

This should give you four workspaces...

... and you can now use your desktop cube (CTRL+ALT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = rotate cube):


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 Make Compiz Fusion Start Automatically

Of course, you want Compiz Fusion to start automatically whenever you boot your desktop (instead of having to start Fusion Icon manually and then right-click the icon and select Reload Window Manager). To do this, go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications:

On the Startup Programs tab, click on the Add button to create a new startup job:

In the Add Startup Program dialog, fill in a name for the program (e.g. Fusion Icon); in the Command field, you must fill in fusion-icon (written exactly like this!); you can leave the Comment field empty. Click on the Add button afterwards:

That's it! Now whenever you start the desktop, Compiz Fusion will start automatically.


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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By: choy

a ton of thanks for this man! i'm a fan of your works 

By: micro

Thank you for your clear and well documented tutorial. This has been one of the most helpful tutorials I've come accross in the internets. Thanks a million!


By: Paul

I have tried your instructions but I have been unable to get compiz to work. I am using the Intel(R)Sandybridge Mobile Graphics Controller.

If any one has got the 3D desktop working using the graphic controller specified above with debian 6.0.6,  I would appreciate your assistance.