Search results for "compiz"

Run Compiz with Xfce4

So you're enjoy the series on Xfce4. What's more, you're enjoying Xfce4 itself! It's a fantastic desktop environment that should get far more attention than it does. And because Xfce 4 is so lightweight, you might get the idea that you could easily add more to it and hardly feel the hit. You are very […]

Add 3D, Compiz-like tabs to Firefox

If you've read me long enough, you know I like my eye candy. And one of my favorite bits of eye candy is Compiz (check out all the Compiz-related content here on Ghacks). And although Compiz can really saturate your desktop with 3D effects, it doesn't actually offer anything within the applications themselves. Fortunately there […]

How to configure Compiz in Elive

For those of you who are lucky enough to have the Elive distribution running on your desktop you  might have noticed there is no CCSM (Compiz Config  Settings Manager). At least not that you can find. You can't run the command ccsm and you can't install the application ccsm. At one point Elive had a […]

Configure KDE 4 to work with Compiz

If you read my most recent article ("Upgrading to KDE 4.3.5 and should you") you will have noticed two things: 1) I am behind by one release on my KDE updates ;-) and 2) KDE has come a long, long way since 4.2. For the longest time one of the reasons I didn't use KDE […]

Multiple wallpapers in Compiz

Used to be, with GNOME it was simple to have multiple wallpapers configured so that each desktop would have its own wallpaper. But then Compiz came along and monkeyed with that option. But that option isn't completely gone. You can still set it up, at the cost of desktop icons, with a little bit of […]

Upgrading Elive Compiz to latest Elive

Today was a day that offered me a few good surprises. On my editing schedule I have an assignment to cover virtual machines using KVM. But since KVM only works with CPUs that contain the necessary instructions, I knew my only chance was on my main desktop (and not any of my testing machines). My […]

Get some serious transparency in GNOME and Compiz

As I have said repeated, I like eye candy. One of the aspects of eye candy I like more than any other is transparency. With the right Linux desktop there is almost no limit on how you can configure the look and feel of your desktop. And that means you can  have as transparent a […]

Configuring the appearance of the Compiz Cube

A while ago I covered "Enabling the Cube in Compiz" where I illustrated how simple it was to get the Cube working in the Compiz 3D desktop. That article did not go on to explain just how to configure the Cube once it is up and running. Normally such topics as configuring the appearance of […]

Enabling the Cube in Compiz

If you've ever seen Compiz in action I'm sure you were impressed. If you don't know what Compiz is, it's a 3D composite window manager for the Linux operating system that really takes your desktop to a level no one had realized before. And with more modern distributions, like Ubuntu 9.04, Compiz is installed by […]

Active Edge Screen Actions in KDE 4.6

Being Linux fans, you all know that Linux offers a lot of ways to manage the desktop. One of the best ways that Linux offers for keeping your desktop organized is multiple desktops. This feature has been around since nearly the beginning of the Linux desktop. Multiple desktops (or workspaces) allow you to create a […]

Working with Ecomorph in Bodhi Linux

I have been giving Bodhi Linux a lot of love lately. You can see my articles here ("Adding Visual Effects on Bodhi Linux" and "Bodhi Linux: Enlightened Ubuntu"). One of the main reasons I like Bodhi so much is the Enlightenment desktop. Not only is it a lightweight desktop, it's also one of the most […]

KDE 4.5 Window tiling

You've probably seen the advertisements for Windows 7 and the tiling windows feature. Believe it or not the very first tiling window manager was Siemens's RTL (created in 1988). After that came a UNIX version called tAP (The Andrew Project) for the X Windowing System. Fast-forward to now and Microsoft claims to have innovated a […]

Working with KDE desktop effects

So you've followed the latest series on KDE 4.5 (see Ghacks KDE 4.5 content) and you are now using the spectacular latest release from the KDE team. You want to use Compiz, but quickly realize that it is not necessary as KDE has it's own built-in compositing effects. What you will find is that the […]

Even more GNOME keyboard shortcuts

Well all strive to make our desktop as efficient as possible. Whether you're a coder who wants nothing more than to never remove your fingers from the keyboard, or if you're a writer who wants to use the mouse only when necessary, there are so many ways to make this happen. One of the easiest […]

Let Cairo-Dock be your Linux desktop dock

I've covered a number of desktop enhancements here on Ghacks. You've see my coverage of Avant Window Navigator (see my article "Avant Window Navigator: OS X-like dock on Linux") as well as Docky (see my article "Docky: Another OS X-like Dock"). Both of those applications are solid additions to the Linux desktop, but both of […]

A requested Linux theming tutorial

Recently I had a request to illustrate how I managed to get a particular theme working in GNOME. The article referenced was my article on "What will Ubuntu 10.04 bring to the table". The image in that article was using a number of cool tricks to get the look they had. So I thought I […]