Compiz fusion is the master of desktop effects in Gnome and KDE. By using compiz fusion and emerald theme manager you can change your desktop to a modern cool looking interface for work. In Fedora 14 the latest compiz fusion is available. It is very easy to install and configure in fedroa 14.
To enable compiz fusion you need 3d hardware support . for that you want to install graphics driver for Nvidia / ATI cards. There is a default driver for Intel Graphics cards. First you check whethere 3d is working fine. Open Terminal – Applications > system > terminal . then type
$ glxinfo | grep direct
if You will get a message like this
direct rendering: Yes
GL_EXT_direct_state_access, GL_EXT_draw_range_elements, GL_EXT_fog_coord,
Then your 3D support in Linux is working fine. To check type
You can see three gears rolling on a small window.
Install Compiz fusion on fedora 14.
The compiz-fusion packages found in Fedora 14 repositories. To install them type:
The compiz-fusion packages found in Fedora 12 repositories are a few versions back but they’ll do their work. To install them type:
For a Gnome compiz install
su -c 'yum install ccsm emerald-themes compizconfig-backend-gconf fusion-icon-gtk
emerald compiz-fusion compiz-fusion-gnome libcompizconfig compiz-gnome
compiz-bcop compiz compizconfig-python compiz-fusion-extras
For a KDE compiz install
su -c 'yum install ccsm emerald-themes compizconfig-backend-kconfig fusion-icon-qt
emerald compiz-fusion libcompizconfig compiz-bcop compiz compizconfig-python
compiz-fusion-extras compiz-kde compiz-manager'
For both Gnome and KDE compiz install
su -c 'yum install ccsm emerald-themes compizconfig-backend-kconfig
compizconfig-backend-gconf fusion-icon* emerald compiz-fusion compiz-fusion-gnome
libcompizconfig compiz-gnome compiz-bcop compiz compizconfig-python
compiz-fusion-extras compiz-fusion-extras-gnome compiz-kde compiz-manager'
Startup configuration of Compiz fusion in Fedora 14
System -> Preferences -> Personal -> Sessions
Name: Fusion Icon
Comment: Compiz Fusion Panel Applet
Now, just logoff from your computer and login again then you will see the fusion icon.
Click the icon and change the desktop manager to compiz
for more details about compiz go
Have fun !!!
Emerald Themes in Fedora 14
There are lot of great themes available for emerald window manager. You can download latest emerald themes from compiz.org. Just download the theme. If it is a zip file extract it. You will get a .emerald file. Just drag the file into the emerald theme manager . You can get the theme manager by right click on the compiz-fusion icon in the system tray. Great Themes . Great looking Desktops .. New theme for every day. New fresh desktop. Have Fun .!!!