Custom Compiz Effects configuration in Ubuntu 9.10 and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx | desktop Cube| Updated

Compiz is one of the first compositing window managers for the X Window System that is able to take advantage of OpenGL-acceleration. The integration allows it to perform compositing effects in window management, such as a minimization effect and a cube workspace.

If you want to configure compiz in ubuntu9.10 Karmic koala and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx , there is a simple configuration tool for compiz called SimpleConfig settings manager that will help you doing this job, it is quick and  usefull especialy for linux newbies.

you can also configure using the Compizconfig setting managers another configuration tool for compiz but more advanced.

You can install simple compizconfig settings manager and compiz plugins using  the command line :

sudo apt-get install  simple-ccsm compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-plugins emerald 

The command above installed simpleconfig and extra plugins for compiz fusion.

Now after to enable custom settings  , Right click on your desktop and select change Desktop backgrounds , then select visual effects table

After enabling Custom , click on Preferences ( See screenshot bellow )

If you want to launch simple config setting manager from the menu go to System –> Preferences –> Simpleconfig settings manager

Now you will have this screen, as you can notice is very easy for newbies to use simpleconfig setting manager to configure compiz.

To activate Desktop cube

Go to Desktop tab and in appearance select “Desktop Cube”, then click close

Here are the results :


Now see this video to know how to use SimpleConfig :


If you want compiz keyboard shotcuts please see this Link

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  • PaTwRiK

    I’ve been racking my brain trying to get the cube to work and this has made me very happy! Thanks!

  • Zinovsky

    You`re welcome :lol:

  • Akhtar Dareshani

    :twisted: Nice help :P My Best wishe’s for you.

  • Phil

    Thank you so much for really well put together piece showing how things are done and what benefit of each is. A really great job.

    Thanks again


  • charles_pty

    I am using ubuntu 10.04 as a Virtual Machine using virtualbox, does anybody know if on a VM I could enable these effects too?

    thanks in advance for your help

  • docrhy

    i want to ask how to enable or access the minimize, open, close animation setting? i cannot select option in drop down.

  • naga07

    how to install cube atlantis2 in ubuntu 10.04

    thank you. . .

  • http://na Ashish

    Worked like a charm! Thank you! :)

  • Majkl

    If you fancy cylinder or a sphere instead of the cube (looks ultra classy but I reverted to a cube :), czech this out:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-plugins emerald

    And then look to the 3D cube settings (or maybe the Simple settings too) or something like that for Cube deformations.

  • free4ever-ubuntu

    Hello, Thanks so much for the article
    I am newbie to ubuntu (Tired of using windows)
    In one of the videos, i can see the dark black theme,
    can you please help me here, which theme have you used and where can i get it

  • Zinovsky

    I don`t know which dark theme you mean, but if you need dark themes for Ubuntu check [url=]this post it contain[/url] a nice dark theme. for more themes check