Enabling Compiz On Linux Mint 12 (GNOME Classic) - Page 2

3 Install Compiz

To install Compiz and all its components, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and enter following:

sudo apt-get install compiz compiz-plugins compiz-plugins-main python-compizconfig compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra


4 Configuring Compiz To Start At Boot

To use Compiz, you need it to replace the current Window Manager on startup. To do that, open Startup Applications (Applications > Other > Startup Applications):

Click the Add button to add a new application to the startup list. On the appearing window, enter compiz --replace into the Command field. Give it some name so you can recognize it and click on Save:

Click on Close afterwards.


5 Configure Compiz

To configure the effects you would like to have, start CompizConfig Settings Manager by going to Applications > Other > CompizConfig Settings Manager:

There, check the checkboxes in front of the effects you want.What is important is to check Gnome Compatiblity:

Afterwards, restart your machine for all changes to take effect:

Here are some examples of what you can accomplish using Compiz:

6 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here's a list of the most common Compiz 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.


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By: john

I am using the LMDE of 12 with an ATI graphics card using the non-free drivers in the repo.  I am running Gnome 3.0.2 on Kernel 3.0.0-1-amd64.  Compiz works beautifully on my desktop.

By: Anonymous

Have you tried this tutorial on the MATE desktop manager? 

By: RavenFB

It should be noted that if you wish to use the Cinnamon desktop environment, you will have to go to Startup Applications, and UNcheck the box for Compiz BEFORE loading Cinnamon. If you do not do this, then Cinnamon won't work. The panel won't be rendered, so you won't have a menu. I have not tried other DEs with Compiz enabled, so I cannot speak for them.

 I also have a minor question: I cannot seem to figure out how to get more than two "faces" on the 3D cube, meaning I can only get a single, two-sided "panel", rather than an actual cube. I checked through the various Compiz settings, and I do not see where I can add more faces. I recall having once had an ten-sided "desktop" on Mint 11 (eight faces, and the bottom and top), but I cannot recall how I did it. For some reason, I remember there being an option to add or remove faces in the >Desktop Cube tab, but I cannot find the option now. Any help=Greatly appreciated!


Hi, thanks for the update on Cinnamon! You can add desktops by going to General Options under General in the main CCSM window. Then click on the Desktop Size tab (the last one). The options there should also handle the number of desktops.