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Enabling Compiz Fusion On A Fedora 8 GNOME Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200)


This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on a Fedora 8 GNOME desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card – I’m using an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 here). With Compiz Fusion you can use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube on your desktop.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

I have tried this on a desktop system with an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 graphics card. It should work with any other NVIDIA graphics card as well.

 

2 Graphic Card Driver

To use 3D effects on an NVIDIA graphics card, we need the proprietary NVIDIA driver which is not available from the official Fedora 8 repositories, but from rpm.livna.org. Go to http://rpm.livna.org/rlowiki/:

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Click on the link Fedora 8 repository RPM; this is the package that enables the livna repository on our Fedora system. In the Firefox download dialogue, select Open with Software Installer (default):

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The Installing packages window opens; click on Apply to install the package:

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It might happen that your system can’t verify that package. If that happens, simply click on Install anyway to continue with the installation:

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After the package has been installed, you can close the Software Installer window and Firefox:

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The livna repository is now available on our Fedora system. So let’s install the NVIDIA driver.

Open the Package Manager (Applications > Add/Remove Software):

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Go to the Search tab and search for nvidia. From the results, select the packages:

  • kmod-nvidia
  • xorg-x11-drv-nvidia

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Then click on the Apply button:

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Confirm your selection by clicking on Continue:

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The selected packages might have a few dependencies that must be installed as well. Click on Continue to accept these dependencies:

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The packages are now being downloaded:

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It might happen that your system doesn’t know the GPG key of a package. If that happens, simply click on Import key to continue with the installation:

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The packages are now being installed:

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You can close the Package Manager afterwards:

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The NVIDIA driver is now installed, but for the changes to take effect, we have to finish our current desktop session and start a new one. The fastest way to do this is press CTRL+ALT+Backspace. Then log in again to start a new desktop session.

3 Installing Compiz Fusion

Open the Package Manager (Applications > Add/Remove Software) again. After the Package Manager has started, go to the Search tab and search for compiz:

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In the list of found packages, please mark the following ones for installation:

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In the list of found packages, please mark the following ones for installation:

  • emerald-themes
  • compiz-fusion-extras
  • emerald
  • compiz-fusion
  • compiz-manager
  • compiz-fusion-extras-gnome
  • gnome-compiz-manager
  • libcompizconfig
  • compiz-fusion-gnome
  • ccsm

Click on Apply afterwards:

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Confirm your selection by clicking on Continue:

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The selected packages might have a few dependencies that must be installed as well. Click on Continue to accept these dependencies:

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The packages are now being downloaded:

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It might happen that your system doesn’t know the GPG key of a package. If that happens, simply click on Import key to continue with the installation:

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The packages are now being installed:

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You can close the Package Manager afterwards:

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4 Enabling Compiz Fusion

To enable Compiz Fusion, go to System > Preferences > Look and Feel > Desktop Effects:

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Click on Enable Desktop Effects:

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The new settings are now being tested. If everything seems to work ok, click on Keep settings (otherwise you won’t be able to use Compiz Fusion):

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Afterwards, you can enable Windows Wobble when Moved and Workspaces on a Cube, if you like, and click on Close to leave the Desktop Effects window:

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Compiz Fusion should now be working.

To configure Compiz Fusion, open the CompizConfig Settings Manager (System > Preferences > Look and Feel > CompizConfig Settings Manager):

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In the CompizConfig Settings Manager you can define the behaviour of Compiz Fusion:

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5 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a list of the most common Compiz Fusion keyboard shortcuts:

SUPER+SHIFT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = draw fire
SUPER+SHIFT+C = clear fire
CTRL+ALT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = rotate cube
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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  • Compiz Fusion: http://www.compiz-fusion.org
  • Fedora: http://fedoraproject.org

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