Category Archives: Desktop

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.

how to install KDE in ubuntu 10.10

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If you are a beginner Ubuntu User then you should know that Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or any other version of Ubuntu uses GNOME as Default Desktop,but if you want to install KDE on Ubuntu 10.10,then it’s very simple because all the Linux based systems are perfectly modular.In general I like GNOME much as compare to other Desktops like KDE,LXDE,XFCE…. but it’s totally personal experience if you want KDE desktop in Ubuntu then just follow the simple steps given below.Many Ubuntu users agree on this point that KDE has better look as compare to other desktop.If you are a KDE Fan then there is one more point – A dedicated version of KDE+Ubuntu 10.10 = Kubuntu 10.10 is also available.

Installing KDE Desktop on Ubuntu 10.10

KDE can be installed in many ways but the best method is to install it from Synaptic package Manager.Before installing KDE you should select the package i.e Standard,Minimal or Full,because KDE desktop also contains KDE based applications.So choose the package you need.Then mark the left box in synaptic package manager and click on Apply to Begin installation.Depending on your internet bandwidth it wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to finish the installation procedures.If you are still not sure about the above steps then go here step wise instruction for KDE installation.

Login in to KDE Desktop Session

Logout from the current login session.At the login prompt choose your username,enter password and select Desktop as KDE at the bottom Right Menu.Then login as usual..Then you will be able to enjoy Ubuntu 10.10 with KDE.

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Ubuntu 10.10 Screenshots

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is scheduled to release(Final Version) on October 10,2010.Few Days before Ubuntu 10.10 RC version was released.Ubuntu 10.10 is the successor version of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.Few Days Before I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my desktop computer,so in this post I will share  some screenshots of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and it will give you a preview of Ubuntu 10.10.

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Screenshot 1 : Did you notice the Improvement in the Interface of Ubuntu Software Center?

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Screenshot 2 : Changes in the look and Feel,specially in windows control buttons.

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Screenshot 3 : A lot of nice wallpapers

 

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Screenshot 4 : Now it’s much easy to install and manage applications in Ubuntu Software Center.