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.


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From: choy at: 2012-07-28 18:03:32

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

From: micro at: 2012-08-22 03:15:32

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!


From: Paul at: 2013-03-18 04:02:09

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.