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how to enable 3D desktop effects in ubuntu 10.10

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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or any Linux Based Operating System which uses GNOME or KDE as Desktop can enable funky 3D effects in a couple of clicks.So this post will eventually lead to the explanation of 3D effects on Ubuntu 10.10.To generate some elegant 3D effects ‘Compiz’ is used.Compiz is a compositing manager or in other words compiz enhances the overall user interaction by adding some fancy effects to your windows e.g Desktop Cube or Expo view.The other important point is that this will run with almost any hardware configuration.

On Ubuntu 10.10,compiz is partially installed only few components needed to be installed in order to work everything properly.Compiz Configure Settings Manager(CCSM) is specifically required to configure and manage the 3d effects.You can install it either from Command Line or from Synaptic Package Manager.

From Command Line

Open the terminal and Type the following command in the terminal followed by your ubuntu login password.

sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager

That’s All ..you are done!Winking smile

From Synaptic Package Manager

Search for ‘ccsm’ or ‘compiz’ in the quick search bar of Synaptic Package Manager.Then Mark the packages you Required and click on ok if it asks for dependencies.Next,click on Apply button to begin the installation procedure….and wait until the installation step is finished.

Configuring Compiz for 3D Effects

After installing compiz and it’s other components like setting manager you need to configure it i.e you have to select which features you want or not if yes then how…..Rest of thing is self explanatory just move to System->Preferences->CompizConfig-Setting-Manager and change the settings as you like ..in a couple of clicks.I think you are enjoying funky 3D effects …still confused ..see here 3D Effects in Ubuntu.

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mac theme for ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04-Lucid Lynx uses GNOME as Default Desktop.GNOME desktop is used by most of the Linux distros,it has lot of options,themes and features.You can customize it up to the level you want.In this post you will learn about installing Mac OSX theme on Ubuntu 10.04.For Ubuntu you can use Macbuntu which is Mac OS X transformation Pack pack specifically designed for Ubuntu.This Package contains all the system components to mimic Mac OS X appearance on Ubuntu 10.04.

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Installing Mac Theme on Ubuntu 10.04

#1. Download Mac Theme Package ‘Macbuntu’ from the link given below.

Download Macubuntu Package

#2. Extract the archive,it will create a Macbuntu-10.04 directory.

#3. Go to Macbuntu-10.04 directory,open terminal(CTRL+ALT+T) and run the ‘install.sh’ file(it’s a bash script) as regular user.The simple way is to “Drag the install.sh file and Drop it to Terminal,then press Enter”.Then follow some simple instructions.

rkjha@rkjha-desktop:~$ '/home/rkjha/extra-packages/Macbuntu-10.04/install.sh'

#4. That’s All…Now you can enjoy Mac OS X Theme on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

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gimp ‘save for web’ plugin : Image optimization on Ubuntu

The aim of this post is to explain you how to install gimp save for web plugin on ubuntu 9.04/9.10/10.04/10.10.After reading this post you can easily optimize or compress images in different formats – jpg,png and gif by using GIMP(GNU Image Manipulation Program).GIMP is the most popular open source and free image editor;used by common users as well as by web developers.Due to exponential increase of web it’s necessary(not always) to optimize images for less bandwidth consumption and faster page load(This factor is very important if you are a blogger or web developer).

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Install save for web plugin in GIMP

#1. I assume that,you have already installed gimp on your ubuntu.If this is not the case then first install gimp(if you don’t know how to install gimp,then go through the link given below and come back again here).
how to install gimp on ubuntu

#2. Then Open Synaptic package manager and search for ‘gimp plugin registry’ then select the package by checking the box.This package contains extra plugins for gimp along with the save for web plugin.

#3. Then click on Apply to install it..wait until the installation is complete.

#4. Now, open any images with gimp and click on File->Save for Web;then choose the o/p file type(extension i.e jpg(Recommended for natural && photographic images),png(animation or computer generated images) or gif),quality-size settings(adjust according to your need,85 is default for jpg,you may increase it little but keep it less than 95),crop the images…after that save it.

#5. End of the FUN!!