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)).
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.
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.