Installation Guide: Fedora 8 Desktop (a.k.a. The Perfect Desktop) - Page 5

7 Desktop Effects

7.1 Installation

We have to install a few packages for compiz-fusion.

  • compiz-fusion
  • compiz-fusion-gnome
  • compiz-fusion-extras
  • compiz-fusion-extras-gnome
  • compiz-manager
  • gnome-compiz-manager

 

7.2 Enable Compiz

Note: You have to enable compiz this way - otherwise emerald won't work.

Click on the corresponding button to enable compiz.

 

7.3 Configuration

The compiz configuration-tool is available via the gnome system menu.

Tab 1: The basic settings. Don't change the checkbox "Enable GL Desktop" - otherwise you might get problems with emerald.

Tab 2: Here you can change the look and feel for the windows.

Tab 3: In this window you can change the settings for the workspaces.

Tab 4: Configure the settings for the desktop.

Tab 5: Utility configuration.

 

8 Themes & Icons

If you don't like the appearance of your desktop you can easy customize it.

8.1 Emerald

Emerald is a themeable window decorator and compositing manager for Compiz. Install the following packages:

  • emerald
  • emerald-themes
Currently (v0.5.2) has a bug that prevents emerald from switching the window decoration. To fix this you have to add a startup program to your session.

You have to log out and log in again to take the changes affect. After that emerald is ready to use.

Select a window decoration that you like.

This window contains the main configuration that is independent from the window decorations.

Click on the two buttons on the repository-tab to get all available window decorations.

You can edit every window decoration as you like.

Additional themes can be found on http://compiz-themes.org/.

 

8.2 Gtk2/Metacity Themes

Gtk2 and metacity themes can be used with or without emerald - as against emerald this themes will also affect the look of the gnome panels. Gtk2 and metacity themes can be found on many web pages like http://www.gnome-look.org/. When you have downloaded and unpacked a gtk2/metacity-theme you have to copy it (the folder with gtk-2.0 and/or metacity) to the themes-folder. Open a terminal, become root and switch to the folder where you unpacked the theme.

cp -R %theme_folder% /usr/share/themes/

That's all - now the new theme is available in the gnome-settings.

Select an existing theme and customize it.

 

8.3 Icons

Icon-sets can be found on many web pages like http://www.gnome-look.org/. When you have downloaded and unpacked an icon-set you have to copy it to the icons-folder. Open a terminal, become root and switch to the folder where you unpacked the icon-set.

cp -R %icon-set% /usr/share/icons/

Now the icons are available in the gnome-settings. Have a look at step 8.2 .

My Configuration:

GTK2-Theme: Linsta2 from http://www.gnome-look.org/
Emerald-Theme: Scaled_Black_Mod
Icon Theme: Dropline Neu! 0.6PR3 from http://www.silvestre.com.ar/

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From: at: 2008-02-05 17:27:38

This was exactly what I needed to get my Fedora 8 up and running.  I refer back to this tutorial often when I want to add some new feature.  I originally had trouble getting the Fedora DVD to load due to some needed command line parameters.  Maybe a mention of this possibility at the very beginning of the tutorial would help in the future.  Thank you for the excellent tutorial.

 

From: Nick at: 2008-09-19 11:09:49

Hi,

Wait a minute! Lots of people have problems trying installing Fedora with their new computers.

I don't want to boast about it, but I am stuck. I have a q9550 processor and lots of problems. I managed to install SuSE 11.0, which sucks like hell. I can't stand the bloody thing. I want to go back to the old SuSE 9.2 Pro and Fedora 8 but unfortunately I can't install any.

SuSE 9.2 gets stuck formatting the hard drive.

Fedora 8 can't find the bloody CD/DVD driver.

If anyone has encountered these problems and managed to overcome them, we would love to hear from them.

Best wishes to everyone,

Nick

 

From: at: 2008-06-27 00:45:54

You wrote:
cp all-20071007/* /usr/lib/codecs/

 But, after a default install there isn't a "/usr/lib/codecs/" directory.

From: at: 2008-06-27 22:56:28

Hi,

thanks for the hint - Changed the corresponding step.

Olli