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Anybody good with Compiz to help a newb?


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#1 Depthcharge

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 03:03 AM

I've got a clean install of Mint 19 XFCE, but the only Compiz effect that works is Wobbly Windows, so I know it's not a hardware issue. A little help, please?



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 06:53 PM

I don't use this for much but Wobbly Windows, but I will follow along and try to help as I have Kubuntu Installed and would like to try some of this stuff out.  Maybe this tutorial will help you out a little.  

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:53 PM

Thanks for the reply, pcpunk. Sadly in that tutorial he says tha the XFCE settings are a little different, but doesn't say how and it's not intuitive from those menus. Anybody else? What happened to this place?



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:12 PM

Explain what you want to do and maybe someone will jump in.  It can't be that much different from other distro's and some here use Compiz on other distros.

 

Do you have a Timeshift backup yet, because you can and almost certainly do damage with Compiz!!!

 

I don't have time to look at these videos so take a look and see if they help.  If you graphics card is not good enough for this you will crash your system.  Or, if you make incompatible changes it could result in a crash.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:24 PM

Thanks again, pcpunk. I'm trying to enable water effects and maybe some others, I don't know because nothing works.



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:37 PM

So I installed/reinstalled everything using the Synaptic Package Manager as shown in your link, pcpunk, thanks. The Cube is working now along with Wobbly Windows, but I still can't get Water Effects to work. What's the trick?



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:19 PM

$ compiz water
compiz (core) - Info: Loading plugin: core
compiz (core) - Info: Starting plugin: core
compiz (core) - Error: Screen 0 on display ":0.0" already has a window manager; try using the --replace option to replace the current window manager.
compiz (core) - Info: Stopping plugin: core
compiz (core) - Info: Unloading plugin: core
 



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 11:01 PM

Thanks again, pcpunk. I'm trying to enable water effects and maybe some others, I don't know because nothing works.

Honestly I don't know.  It's been a long time since I've done much in Compiz, and normally only use Wobbly Windows, Fall Apart, Magic Jeany and only played around with other stuff.

 

 

6. Miscellaneous

 
-These are totally optional, but look really nice. I would enable Reflection and Window Decoration. which will add shadows and other eye candy for you. There are options to play with in both.
 
-Paint fire on the screen, Water Effect, and Window Previews are some other fun plugins to enable. The first lets you draw on the screen while the second has raindrops falling and an optional windshield wiper. The last one is pretty useful. You can change the size of the preview if you wish.

Maybe this will help, it is old but has some fun stuff in it.

How to: Use Compiz

 

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 02:55 AM

I gave up on Compiz too unstable,



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 08:39 AM

</.....Anybody else? What happened to this place?

 

We're in something of a quiet spell at the moment. On top of which, many of the older regulars have either fallen by the wayside (Cat?), or don't look in so often.....

 

I tend to concentrate on Puppy-related stuff, 'cos that's what I run exclusively. But I will echo Nick on this one; Compiz, when it's running well, is great; it's a real 'jaw-dropper' for those die-hard Windows fanbois who think Linux is all command-line stuff. But when it goes wrong, it's just about the biggest PITA there is to put right again.

 

And as for 'unstable'; yah, I agree with Nick. I played around with it years ago, first in Ubuntu, then ZorinOS. But I, too, gave up on it; it just wouldn't 'keep' running right.

 

 

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:20 AM

Thanks for the replies, guys. Is there an OS that Compiz is actually stable on?

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:40 AM

No

 

I will say that it may work the way you want it after lots of experimentation and if you have a sufficient Graphics Card.  From what I understand, and have tried, some modules are not compatible with others.  So IMO, experiment and stick with settings that work for you.  I will fire up my linux machine soon and try the Water Effects for you, and the Cube.


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Posted 08 November 2018 - 04:41 PM

I suggest KDE for desktop effects. These are the available effects in my Debian 8 Stable 'Jessie' KDE:

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:33 PM

@Al1000, are you saying that Compiz simply integrates better in KDE?  I know Nick has used it over the years and he was running on Kubuntu and Ubuntu I believe at some point.


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 01:28 AM

Okay, having fun with Compiz and the Cube.  It's really sad there is no good documentation on all this.  I do not see "Water Effects" in Kubuntu, maybe I need to install it?

 

I will need to hit those forums because no one here seems to use it?


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