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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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How to install fluxbox on ubuntu 10.04

What is Fluxbox ??
A window manager or desktop like XFCE/LDXE/KDE/GNOME..(it’s a lightweight weight desktop environment) for linux based operating system and available free under MIT License.

Install Fluxbox in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

In Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx) LTS,you can install fluxbox window manager either from Synaptic Package Manager/ubuntu software center or Command Line/terminal/shell.Both of the methods are explained here

Installing fluxbox from Synaptic Package Manager

#1. Open Synaptic Package Manager(Go to System->Administration->SPM) and search for ‘fluxbox’.

#2. Check the small rectangular box(Select the fluxbox package),then click on Apply to begin installation of the selected package.

#3. After few minutes,the installation would be complete..then logout from the current session ..and choose fluxbox from the drop down menu at login prompt to run fluxbox with Ubuntu 10.04.

#4. That’s All..

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install fluxbox from command line

Run the command(given below) at terminal(CTRL+ALT+T) and read the step 3 for logging into fluxbox desktop.

$ sudo apt-get install fluxbox
install lxde on ubuntu 10.04

how to install lxde on ubuntu 10.04

Speed Up Desktop by using LXDE desktop
Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment or LXDE is very fast desktop environment which consumes less CPU and RAM in compare to other Desktop Environment(KDE or GNOME).Hence LXDE is also known as energy saving Desktop Environment.It is open source and Free;maintained by developers community.It comes with charming interface,multi language support,Keyboard Shortcuts,tabbed file browsing and other additional features.LXDE is specially designed for older computers or mobile devices,Laptop,Cloud computers with low hardware resources-RAM/CPU.You can install LXDE on Ubuntu – 9.10 or 10.04 0r 10.10 or older versions,or other linux based operating system like Debian,Fedora..It is the default Desktop Environment for lubuntu.

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Installing LXDE in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx LTS

#1. Open Synaptic Package Manager(from System->Administration->SPM) and enter your login password if required.

#2. Then,Search for ‘lxde’ and the mark the first row for installation.Click on ok to select dependencies.

#3. Next,click on Apply and wait for the installation to complete(It will only take a couple of minutes).

#4. Now,you have installed LXDE desktop on Ubuntu 10.04 lucid lynx.To use lxde logout from the current session and select lxde desktop from dropdown menu located below the screen.That’s All.

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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)).

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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.

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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.

How to Install Google Gadgets in Ubuntu 10.04

Getting the information directly on your desktop is very useful and you can do it in fun way by using Google gadgets available for various desktops.Now it is also available for Linux(and of course for Ubuntu 10.04).You can download it fr0m Google’s site and install it in most of the linux versions.But Now in Ubuntu 10.04 you can install it in more simple way.

Installing google gadgets in ubuntu 10.04

Installing desktop Gadget in Ubuntu 10.04 :
step1 : Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->SPM).

step2 : Search for “Google Gadgets”;Now you have two options google-gadgets-gtk and google-gadgets-qt.Although you can choose anyone of them but if you are using GNOME desktop(Default Desktop of Ubuntu 10.04) then it is better to select google-gadgets-gtk(select google-gadgets-qt if you are using KDE desktop in Ubuntu 10.04 or if you are using Kubuntu).

step3 : Check the box for installation(it may ask for some other dependencies click ok).Next click on Apply to install the selected softwares.The Google gadgets will be installed within few minutes.

step4 : Since you have installed the Google gadgets successfully,so you can open it : Applications->Internet->Google Gadgets(GTK/Qt).In adding some gadgets(click on +) it may ask you for security verification if so,then click on yes.

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step5 : End.I hope you are enjoying Google Gadgets well!