You may have seen screenshots of a cool 3D desktop cube effect for Ubuntu and wondered How exactly does it work and How to get it ? You have come to the right place, we`ll walk you through it, step-by-step.
Ubuntu and other Linux distros give us multiple Virtual desktops by default. To add to it, there are apps available that leverage it adds some fancy graphics to it. The best such utility is Compiz/Fusion.
Here’s a Preview of what you would get:
But the possibilities are endless, You can play around once you are done. Okay, let’s go over it step by Step for Ubuntu 9.1 and others.
Step 1. Enable Full Graphics:
Go to System → Preferences → Appearance, click the “Visual Effects” tab, and select “Extra” and “Close.” Then drag any window somewhere on the desktop. If the window edges are “squiggly” then graphics acceleration is working.
Step 2. Installation:
Next thing is to get the Compiz Fusion installed on your Ubuntu. To do this, open Synaptic Package Manager (System → Administrative menu → Snaptics) . Using the “Quick search” field, enter “compizconfig”
You should see “compizconfig-settings-manager.” If it’s listed under the “Installed Version” column as already installed, you’re good to go and can skip down to the next step.
However, if you need to add it, check the box and click “Apply” in the toolbar and install it with on-screen instructions.
Alternatively you can type this on console:
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
Step 3. Configuring and Enabling 3D Cube
Start CompizConfig by selecting System → Preferences → CompizConfig Settings Manager.
The first step will be enabling four virtual desktops (in order to have a cube). In the left-hand menu, click on “General” and then click “General Settings” on the right. Click the “Desktop Size” tab and adjust the “Horizontal Virtual Size” slider to four. And then click “Back.”
In the left-hand menu, click “Desktop.” Then select “Desktop Cube” (this will de-select “Desktop Wall”- that’s fine) and “Rotate Cube.”
To start the 3D cube, press Ctrl + Alt + left-mouse and drag the desktop to left or right. You can also use arrow keys to toggle between desktops.
To enable wobbly windows, mark the corresponding check box under “Effects”. To make the menus wobbly as well, click on the “Wobbly Windows” button, select the “General” tab, and change “Map Effect” to “Shiver”.
Note: There’s lot more you can do in Compiz Fusion, just play around in the settings to get dazzling effects.
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