Beryl and Compiz are being (re-)merged, under the Open Compositing banner. Instructions for obtaining the newest version are available at Compiz Ubuntu Installation Guide. The Wikipedia Entry: The Home Page: Problems: As with all software, there are compatibility issues and freak accidents. As a trend though, Compiz Fusion has turned out to be a lot more stable than Beryl or Compiz.I will say that the guide above and Forlong's Blog have been 200% more successful than many others I have followed. That's fine; it includes fixes for Totem/GStreamer, VLC, MPlayer, Xine/Kaffeine etc..The most annoying problem I've had with Compiz Fusion was it maxing out CPU usage.
/bin/sh Xgl :1 -fullscreen -ac -accel xv:pbuffer -accel glx:pbuffer & DISPLAY=:1 cookie="$(xauth -i nextract - :0 | cut -d ' ' -f 9)" xauth -i add :1 .
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For most uses, the commands are interchangeable and either can be used. Specifically, gksu launches with the root configuration files, while sudo launches with the user's configuration files. This discussion recommends gksu for all uses except when a purely command line environment is being used, such as when there is no desktop environment installed. However, in a Gnome desktop environment, gksu can usually be substituted.
When commands are applicable to both the server-only versions of Ubuntu as well as the desktop versions, sudo is used.
(Note: gksu is the version of sudo for use in Gnome, the default desktop for Ubuntu.
For Kubuntu (KDE) users, use kdesu instead.) Beryl has been discontinued as of March 2007, but is still supported. A full installation guide with specific instructions for n Vidia, ATI, and Intel graphics card can be found at the Compiz documentation site.
This guide ( is much more in-depth comprehensive than the first one that I posted, but requires thinking. Read all associated bugs to pinpoint your needs; https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/desktop-effects/+bug/89786.
It does mention sexy-python, a package for getting cooler buttons. And if the desktop-effects package is accidentally uninstalled, reinstall it. Please note: There are 2 ways of installing Beryl for ATI Cards: one using open source modules and one using proprietary modules.
It lets you have more understanding of what is happening and therefore offers more flexibility. Try the open source method first; uninstall steps are listed in case it does not work, or if you would like to try the proprietary drivers instead, afterwards.
If you're not in a hurry, this would be the ideal way to install Compiz Fusion. If you run into the situation when you know you got all of the right drivers, graphics card, RAM amount, CPU power, and everything else but you still can't get Compiz Fusion to work after searching all of Google and goto Synaptic and search "compiz". (They may have better frame rates and may support your card better.) #!