Archive for February 24th, 2008

Compiz is a program to create amazing effect in Linux Desktop. Compiz is automatically installed as default in Ubuntu Gutsy. Unfortunately you can only do few effects with it. To set more effect with Compiz you a program named Comfiz Config Setting Manager. You will have a new menu, Advanced Desktop Effects Setting, after you install the program.


From Ubuntu Terminal screen (click Applications > Accessories > Terminal), type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

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Running the program

Open System > Preferences > Advanced Desktop Effects Setting.

To add animations, click ‘Animations’ button.

To decrease the effect speed, increase the duration value.

To increase the duration value, choose an effect that you want to slow down, click Edit button, increase the duration value and click OK button.


Below are my favorite effect setting:




Some my favorite compiz effect.

  • Super + E = activates the Expo plugin

  • Super+Shift = paint fire on your desktop with your mouse

  • Super+Shift+C = will erase the fire paint

  • Super + Tab = activates the Ring Switcher plugin

  • Shift+Alt+ArrowUP = Arrange windows cascade in a workspace

  • Ctrl+Alt+ArrowDown = Arrange windows horizontal in a workspace

  • Ctrl+Alt+MouseButton1+Scroll = Rotate Cube

  • Super+N Negative = Active Window

  • Super+M = Negative Screen

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