Install Compiz Fusion and Emerald in Fedora 13 Goddard

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The procedure to install Compiz and Emerald window decorator on Fedora 13 Goddard is quite simple. If you are able to enable desktop effects from the System > Preferences > Desktop Effects then you can enjoy all the features of Compiz and Emerald with your Fedora installation. For compiz and desktop effects to work you need to have 3D hardware acceleration supported by your video card driver which can be tricky and I would cover that in another post later. To install Compiz, Emerald and other essential components, do su in a terminal to become root and then do the following to install Compiz

yum install compiz compiz-gnome emerald emerald-themes fusion-icon compiz-fusion-extras compiz-fusion-extras-gnome compizconfig-backend-gconf

Answer yes to the query regarding downloading the additional packages. Wait for the installation to finish.

Now launch the Compiz Fusion Icon application from the Application > System Tools menu. Now you should see a blue icon in your taskbar like this

Now you can change the setting of Compiz Fusion, by launching the settings manger by right clicking on the blue Fusion icon shown above. Also you can select between Metacity and Emerald Window decorators from the same Menu.

The Compiz Settings manager looks like this, you can choose between various options by clicking and unclicking the boxes.

I am listing down some of the popular choices, these also help enhance the general work flow and UI experience.

1. Expose effect (you take your mouse to a chosen corner and you get Mac like Expose effect): For this to work all you need is the Scale plugin inside Window Management settings selected, which is the case by default.

2. Viewport Switching (switch / flip between your virtual workspace or desktop by rotating mouse wheel): Just tick the Viewport Switcher option and you should be able to switch between viewports by mouse wheel rotation.

3. Desktop Wall  to Desktop Cube in Compiz: Just enable the plugin by first un-ticking the Desktop Wall and then ticking the Desktop Cube option. Also tick Rotate Cube and 3D Windows options for enhanced effects. If you have enabled Viewport Switching as described above, you can switch between desktops by rotating mouse wheel, and the desktop flips over like a rotating Cube. Now to get the full 3D view of your Workspace, hold Ctrl+Alt and left click anywhere on the desktop and while holding the left mouse button move the mouse to see your workspace turn in to a virtual polyhedron.

Finally, to ensure that the Compiz Fusion settings are loaded on its own at every boot up, you need to add the following in System > Preferences > Startup Applications

Click on Add button to add the fusion-icon as a startup application. Now all your compiz settings would be loaded automatically at every boot.

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4 Comments on “Install Compiz Fusion and Emerald in Fedora 13 Goddard”

  • diablomarcus wrote on 2 June, 2010, 22:00

    Amazingly helpful. Thank you!

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  • Alex wrote on 2 June, 2010, 22:40

    sweet dude thanks! I usually use autoten for all this stuff but it seems to have less and less functionality.

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  • lifehacker wrote on 2 June, 2010, 22:41

    @diablomarcus
    Most welcome.

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  • VONBEAU wrote on 13 July, 2010, 5:52

    It doesn’t get any easier than that. I looked all through the add/remove software feature, no luck. thanks!

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