Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200) - Page 2

4 Configuring Compiz Fusion

Go to System > Preferences > Appearance...

... and select Custom on the Visual Effects tab. To configure Compiz Fusion, you can now either click on the Preferences button...

... or you go to System > Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager:

Both will bring up the CompizConfig Settings Manager. You can now configure Compiz Fusion to your likings:


5 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.


6 Some Screenshots

Here are some screenshots of Compiz Fusion in action:


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By: HoTMetaL

Users who have older GPUs like the GeForce FX-series, who must use the 173.x series of proprietary drivers instead of the 177.x and 180.x drivers, should be aware of a rendering bug in Ubuntu's version of 173.x in the Jaunty and Intrepid repositories.

Until the driver in the repo is updated to 173.14.18 or newer, users of these older cards may experience some rendering issues using Compiz with Ubuntu's version (173.14.16) of Nvidia's driver. There's a bug filed about this in Launchpad.

By: lado

Nice how to...... following your tutorial with my ATI MOBILITY RADEON HD3470 graphic cards just work fine.

 The following are just the different aspect:

from add remove programs.... install the  ATI binary X.Org driver and ATI Catalyst Control Center ("Catalyst Control Center for the ATI Radeon and FireGL graphics accelerators")

 then... open system ..... admin..... hardware drivers just like above and install.

follow the remaining of the tutorial above.


 well it would be nice if you could just include the above graphic card in the HEADLINES.

now that is what we call OPEN SOURCE. 

By: Lenka

Very nice post, thank you.

But what can I do .. SUPER button is not working. Only with mouse.

SUPER+MOUSE  = zooming - works ok, but shortcuts with the keys (SUPER+S = select single window, SUPER+T = tab group, SUPER+Left = change left tab, SUPER+Right = change right tab, SUPER+SHIFT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = draw fire,....) do not work. :(

I appreciate any help


By: Dian

I using ati radeon 3100 and amd turion x2 64 its very fantastic, thanks for nice post :)

By: AllanScott


Not meaning to burst any bubbles here. But an easier way would be to skip to the end. In 9.04 if you choose System -> Preferences -> Appearances. Then go to the "Visual Effects" tab and choose either of the bottom two options, Ubuntu installs ALL the necessary drivers/applications needed to have said effects. Would cut your two page tutorial, down to about a paragraph.

It worked for me on both my pc, and my laptop. (even if said laptop really shouldn't be pushing itself that hard, I swear the thing was on the maiden voyage of the Santa Maria)