Installing Beryl On An Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Desktop With An ATI Radeon Graphic Card - Page 3

5 Make Beryl Start Automatically

Of course, you don't want to start Beryl manually each time you log in to your desktop. Fortunately, there's a way to make it start automatically.

First, we create the file /usr/bin/

sudo gedit /usr/bin/

sleep 4
exec gnome-session

Then we make it executable:

sudo chmod a+x /usr/bin/

Afterwards, we create the file /usr/share/xsessions/Beryl.desktop:

sudo gedit /usr/share/xsessions/Beryl.desktop

[Desktop Entry]

Then we log out of our current desktop session. On the login screen, go to Options > Select Session..., choose Beryl and click on the Change Session button. Then log in with your username and password. You will then be asked:

Do you wish to make Beryl the default for future sessions?

You can choose between Just For This Session and Make Default. If this is your first try, I recommend to select Just For This Session to see if Beryl really starts automatically. If it works, you can select Make Default at the next login.


6 Customize Beryl Behaviour And Window Themes

If you like to modify Beryl's behaviour and effects, you can go to Applications > System Tools > Beryl Manager. In the menu that comes up, select Beryl Settings Manager. You can then customize Beryl:

To change window decorations and themes, you must start the Emerald Theme Manager by going to System > Preferences > Emerald Theme Manager:


7 Screenshots

Here are some further screenshots of Beryl in action, this time with a beautiful wallpaper instead of Ubuntu's default brown background:


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From: at: 2007-04-25 18:17:26

I'm a long-time Mac user. I recently bought an iBook (1.2GHz G4, 512MB) so that I could install Linux and learn a little more about it.  I installed Ubuntu Edgy Eft, and just upgraded to Feisty Fawn. I am now wondering if I can install Beryl on it, as it has an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 with 32MB DDR SDRAM.  I ask, because I know there are some things (like Adobe Flash Player plug-in) that do not run under the PPC platform.

 BTW, nice instructions!

 UPDATED: 26-Apr-2007.  I went ahead and followed the instructions. I made one small typo that caused gdm to not launch, but editing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file with vi and restarting gdm resulted in a nicely-working beryl display!  In fact, I did not have to remove the fglrx driver, as it did not appear in my system!

Now, all I have to do is figure out how to get the "cube" working.   

From: at: 2007-05-04 20:14:57

This tutorial is great; thanks for putting it together!  My system is a plain vanilla Dell Optiplex GX620 with an OEM ATI Radeon X600 and so far so good.  Two comments:

1. The  first article referenced ( says the Driver in the Device section of the xorg.conf should be "ati" and NOT "radeon".  I've set mine to "ati" and it's been stable so far (but that's only about half an hour!)

 2. By default, my fairly fresh feisty installation had the nvidia-glx package installed.  This meant the glx module couldn't be loaded and glxinfo gave me nothing ("...Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0" ...") until I uninstalled nvidia-glx with Synaptic.  Then the system just used the built-in glx module.

 Thanks Again!!  Doug

From: at: 2007-05-26 05:05:36

I have AX850PRO.

Now i'm using Beryl here later folow this steps.

Thanks very much Falko to write. And thanks very muck Solano to translate.


I recomend this tutorial 

From: at: 2007-07-06 21:49:45

Finally got Beryl working on a dell D600 with ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 with this guide plus a few other changes. After using this guide I got to the point where I could get beryl running, but it was only using about 2/3 the screen. I finally tracked it down to the fact the max texture size was set to 1024x1024. I fixed that by installing driconf, running "sudo driconf" switch to expert mode and under /etc/drirc  check the option for "support larger textures not gauranteed to fit into graphics memory" and picking announce hardware limits. Beryl runs perfectly now and uses the full screen.

From: at: 2007-07-26 09:29:37

I never would have figured that my graphics card drivers were preventing the beryl-core from being installing. I ended up re-installing Ubuntu because I dont know enough about Linux yet, and I screwed something up when editing the conf file. But I used this to check that I had the correct drivers upon re-install, and beryl install went fine. Only thing I cant figure out is the SkyDome...but I'll get it.

 Thanks again.

From: at: 2007-08-09 08:20:21

Thank you so much, it works, I'm using an Ati Radeon 9600 all-in-wonder. Before I tried installing Beryl thru synaptic package manager..boy that was a mistake. but then i followed ur directions and success! except for some of the 3D animations.

From: at: 2007-08-15 13:05:26

thank you so much! this is great.. I now have a good reason not to use XP anymore.. good job!

From: at: 2007-10-19 20:16:07

This was just what I needed to turn my not working beryl install, into a fully functional one.

 Damn ATi cards anyway =).

 Thanks very much.

From: at: 2009-10-07 15:42:13

No supported ? After this procedure I have garbled screen .

From: at: 2007-08-02 06:06:26


I ried to use your guide but I couldn't make it work, unfortunately I am using an ATI  Radeon X1650 on Ubuntu 7.04. Finally I got into this page:

This page uses a differnet way but it is working in all the 3 PC I have running Ubuntu. Thanks anyway, I hope you use this to get to better and easier ways to help non Linux savvy like me