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Compiz Fusion On Mandriva One 2008.1 Spring (GNOME/NVIDIA)


This document describes how to enable and configure Compiz Fusion on a Mandriva One 2008.1 Spring GNOME desktop with an NVIDIA graphics card.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty – it doesn’t cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system – this is the way I chose.

1 Enable Compiz Fusion

1.1 Option 1: During The Installation

When the live/install media is booting you’ll be asked if you want to enable 3D desktop effects. Choose “Compiz Fusion” and proceed with the boot process and the following installation.

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1.2 Option 2: After The Installation

If you have already set up your system, you can enable the desktop effects within the “Mandriva Linux Control Center” – it’s available in the upper GNOME panel and in the GNOME menu.

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Enter the root password.

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Now switch to the “Hardware”-tab and click on “Configure graphics”.

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Mark the radio-button next to “Compiz Fusion” and click on “OK” to apply the settings.

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2 Extra Plugins

Install the following packages to get a lot of additional plugins.

  • compiz-fusion-plugins-extra
  • compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported

 

3 Configuration

The compiz configurator is available in the GNOME applications menu.

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As you can see there are a lot of plugins available – and each plugin has its own options/settings.

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4 Screenshots

To give you a slight foretaste I took a few screenshots 🙂

4.1 Desktop Cube

Main keyboard shortcuts:

CTRL+ALT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = rotate cube (3D)
CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW = rotate cube to the left
CTRL+ALT+RIGHT ARROW = rotate cube to the right
CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW = unfold

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4.2 Wobbly Windows

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4.3 Window Overview

Move your mouse to the top right corner to see all open windows side by side – click on a window to focus it.

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4.4 Shift Switcher (cover)

Main Keyboard Shortcuts:

SHIFT+SUPER+S = initiate the switcher
… use the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to switch the windows.

Alternative:
SUPER+TAB = next window

 

4.1.1 Switcher Mode: Cover

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4.1.2 Switcher Mode: Flip

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4.5 Water Effect

Main keyboard shortcuts:

CTRL+SUPER = single drop
SHIFT+F9 = toggle rain
SHIFT+F8 = toggle wiper

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4.6 Paint Fire

Keyboard shortcut:

SUPER+F3 = toggle snow

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4.7 Snow

Main keyboard shortcut:

SHIFT+SUPER+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = draw fire
SHIFT+SUPER+C = clear

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  • Mandriva: http://www.mandriva.com/
  • Compiz Fusion: http://www.compiz-fusion.org/

 

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