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Nvidia 8400 GS 256 MB

best graphics card for ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Ubuntu or any Linux based distribution has very bad history regarding the graphics card compatibility and performance (The reason is obvious, driver manufacturers do not provide driver softwares for their graphics card..), but in past few years I’ve noticed some nice changes and improvements which is worth acceptable. Since Ubuntu is the most popular desktop distribution, so now a days, it’s not a difficult task to find a good video card well compatible with Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 LTS (alias : Lucid Lynx). Most of the graphics cards will be auto detected by Ubuntu (Just after the installation of Ubuntu 11.04/..).

In this post, you will learn how to select a graphics card for you Ubuntu computer, depending on your need and budget. If you are a normal users and think that I do not need any graphics card, then also you would probably have to purchase a graphics card because of the 3D effects of unity desktop (Although you can use classic desktop instead and turn off the compiz effects to go smoothly). By the way there are other advantages of using Graphics Card – such as better video quality (which in turn means that watching movies will be more Fun!), a lot of funky 3D effects, better system performance (due to dedicated video memory or GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)), and of course – good for video game players because you can play more games in better ways depending on the power of graphics card.

If you’re building a Gaming rig, then you should also checkout these : Entry level gaming PC under 40k and this one : Mid range gaming PC under 70k (INR)

Best Graphics Card for absolute beginners

MSI 8400 GS 256 MB

Nvidia 8400GS – 256MB is one of the Cheapest graphics card and well suitable for the users who want to purchase just a graphics card for enjoying some 3D effects with Ubuntu desktop. it will be automatically detected by the Ubuntu and all you need to do is to Enable the restricted driver, and reboot the computer!

Price : $34.63

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Best Graphics Card for Entry Level Gamers

Buy ZOTAC Nvidia Geforce 9800GT from Amazon

ZOTAC Nvidia Gefore 9800 is a good graphics card for novice gamers and users who wants little more than 3D effects on Ubuntu 11.04. it is also detected automatically, for 3D you need nvidia-glx; works with version 180.44. (More Help in installing Binary Driver on Ubuntu).

Price : $89.99

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Best Graphics Card for Moderately Advanced Level Gamers

ZOTAC Nvidia Geforce GTS 250

ZOTAC Nvidia Geforce GT 250 is good for moderately advanced level gamers (little better than entry level graphics cards), comes between the entry level and high end graphics cards. GT 250 is automatically detected by Ubuntu and 3D requires nvidia-glx (More Help).

Price : $138.99

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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.

install emerald themes in ubuntu 10.04

emerald themes for ubuntu 10.04

First you need to install the emerald theme manager in Ubuntu 10.04.After installing emerald theme manager you can install themes(which is available free and available for download) for different windows effect from the given download links-

Download Emerald themes

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install emerald themes in ubuntu 10.04

How to Install Emerald Themes in Ubuntu 10.04

#1. Open emerald theme manager from System->Preferences->Emerald Theme Manager.

#2. Now click on import and browse to the directory where you have saved the themes(download link is given above) and click on Open.

#3. Then select the Theme and  change the windows effects.(If emerald is not running then run emerald –replace command in ubuntu terminal).

install emerald on ubuntu 10.04

Install emerald on Ubuntu 10.04

Install Emerald Theme Manager in Ubuntu 10.04

Emerald is a decorator(with 3D effect) for windows managers like Compiz-Fusion(plus themer application).For 3D cool desktop effects compiz and ccsm is should be installed on Ubuntu 10.04 .First install compiz(for 3D desktop Effects) on ubuntu 10.04 ,Then Emerald can be easily installed from command line or by using synaptic package Manager.

install emerald on ubuntu 10.04

Emerald for Ubuntu 10.04(lucid Lynx)/9.10/10.10

Using Synaptic Package Manager
#1. Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->SPM).

#2. Search for “emerald” and mark the first result to install.

#3. Then click on Apply to install emerald and wait for the installation to complete(It will take less than a minute).

#4. That’s All..

Install emerald from command line

Type the following command in the ubuntu terminal
sudo apt-get install emerald

Run Emerald in Ubuntu 10.04
Type the following command(s) in command line/shell/terminal
emerald –replace

3D Desktop Effects in Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Code Named as Lucid Lynx) is gaining popularity very rapidly and now it is probably the best linux distro that focuses on desktop experience.When we talk about desktop experience then it can’t be completed without describing about the advanced 3D desktop effect that can be achieved by using some software and hardware(Graphics Card).

So this post is going to explore some cool and pleasant desktop effects which can be enabled in ubuntu 10.04 very easily(So I assume that you have already a good graphics card for enjoying all the 3D effects if no then it is recommended to buy one, If you want some simple effects then a simple 84 or 86 series of Nvidia Graphics Card(with Asus or any other chipset) will be sufficient, on the other hand if want to play some heavy games then better buy a good one(it also depends on your computer configuration)).

cool desktop effects for ubuntu

Compiz : For Cool Desktop Effect in Ubuntu 10.04

3D Desktop effects are done on any linux platform(Here Ubuntu 10.04) by using a software – Compiz window manager in the supported desktop environment.So Compiz is extensively used to produce cool and impressive effect in the windowing environment by using the graphics card’s processing power.You can also add some more functionality to the Compiz with the help of plugins.

ccsm : Ubuntu 10.04

How to Install Compiz in Ubuntu 10.04

In the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS,Compiz is installed by default otherwise go to Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager) and search for Compiz and click to install.

Installing Compiz-Config-Settings-Manager in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Ubuntu 10.04 users have to install only one supporting software CCSM(CompizConfig-settings-Manager) from the Synaptic Manager,for controlling(Enable and Disable) the desktop effect .After checking the box for installation click on apply changes to install it.Now you are ready to enjoy cool 3d desktop effects.First go to ccsm(System->Preferences->CompizConfig-Setting-Manager) and now you are able to enjoy.Select the features and effects you want(By checking the box).Adjust the settings according to your desktop environment either GNOME or KDE.There are so many options click and try..do some experiment on them then you will know better about the effects and it  will surely help you in learning more about some funny and cool effects.That’s all.

Emerald for cool windows effects

3D effects can be increased by installing emerald on ubuntu 10.04.