Now a days compiz is the star in linux desktops. Compiz gives you great effects. 3D desktop, Emerald window decorations, Menu and taskbar fade effects, Desktop screenlets etc are great.

Install Compiz fusion in Fedora 13

To install Compiz fusion in Fedora 13 it is easy work. Open a terminal go root mode.

Su –

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

It will install automatically from the fedora 13 repository. Wait some time to install. After finished go

Application > System tools > Compiz fusion Icon.

You will get blue icon in the system tray. Right click Select Emerald as the window manager. The compiz settings manager give you great options like 3D Windows. 3D Desktop and lot more . Just configure all those things and have a great 3D desktop .

Compiz Fusion Keyboard Shortcuts

Desktop Effects1Keyboard Shortcuts
Rotate CubeMousewheel on Desktop
Switcher2Alt + Tab
Shift Switcher3Super + Tab (2 modes: flip and cover)
Ring SwitcherSuper + Tab – overrides Shift Switcher
ExpoSuper + E (toggle)
Film EffectCtrl + Alt + Down Arrow4
Rotate Cube ManuallyCtrl + Alt + Left Mouse Button
Scale WindowsAlt + Shift + Up Arrow
Show/Clear DesktopCtrl + Alt + D (toggle)
Snapping WindowsMove a window across workspaces5
ScreenshotSuper + Left Mouse Button
Zoom In/OutSuper + Mousewheel
Transparent WindowAlt + Mousewheel
Resize WindowAlt + F8
Move WindowAlt + F7
Add HelperSuper + P
Widget LayerF9 (toggle)
Water EffectsShift + F9 (toggle)
Fire Effects: OnSuper + Shift + Left Mouse Button
Fire Effects: ClearSuper + Shift + C
Annotate: DrawSuper + Left Mouse Button
Annotate: StartSuper + 1
Annotate: EndSuper + 3
Group: Select Window(s)Super + S
Group: Group WindowsSuper + T
Group: Ungroup WindowsSuper + U
Group: Flip WindowsSuper + Right or Left Arrow

1 Effects have to be enabled to see results.
2 To see the full effect, have multiple windows or programs open.
3 To configure: Go to Advanced Desktop Effects Settings.
4 Use left and right arrow thereafter to move to workspaces.
5 Disables Wobbly Windows.

Make sure the effects are enabled to see results. Some effects will disable others. For example, the Desktop Wall will disable the Desktop Cube, Snapping Windows will disable Wobbly Windows and many more. Please let me know if I missed something, so I can add more effects to the list.

Auto Load Compiz on Startup

This part is very simple work. Without it you are always start the compiz. Just go System > Preferences > Startup Applications
Add Name : compiz fusion icon , command: fusion-icon –no-start, comment : Type What you like . Press ADD. Your compiz settings will load automatically.

PS : Compiz use 3D rendering, before enable compiz make sure that your graphics driver is ok with the 3D settings. for that just type on terminal


You can view three gears are running in a new window. Using keyboard arrow keys you can rotate the gears.


will give you comple information about the graphics driver in fedora 13.

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