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Using Compiz

Compiz is installed by default, but you have no control over it.
In order to enable and tweak Compiz effects like wobbly windows or desktop cube,
you need to install 'Compiz Config Settings Manager' or 'CCSM' for short, from Ubuntu Software Centre.

How to Set Up Desktop Cube On Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04

Install 'compiz config settings manager' from ubuntu software centre.
When the install completes start 'ccsm' from the dash.
When you first open ccsm your Unity plugin may be disabled and you will lose the top & side bars .
Do not panic – we will re-enable unity in little bit.
(If unity is not disabled automaically then click the unity plugin and disable it before proceeding.)


First we will click on 'desktop cube' and enable it.
You will then need to click 'disable desktop wall' to prevent conflicts.

Next select 'transparent cube' and change 'opacity during rotation' to '65'
Then select 'appearance' and 'cube cap colours' and change the top and bottom colours.
You can simply click the pencil and click it on a colour of your choice.

Next select 'skydome' and click the top box to enable sky dome.
Skydome provides a background behind the cube, you can select colours or use an image.

Next click on 'rotate cube' and enable that.

Now click on 'General Options' and select 'Desktop size'
Change the 'Horizontal size to 4' and the 'Vertical size to 1'

Click back and select the 'Unity Plugin' and select 'Enable'

After a few seconds 'Unity' will reload, and you can start to rotate the desktop cube.
Hold 'ctrl & alt, then hold the left mouse button on the desktop and drag'.



Conflicts & Problems

When enbling different plugins or changing keybindings conflicts can occur, and may result in an unstable system or crashes, pay attention to any warnings you get.

We recommend creating a new user account for playing around & experimenting with Compiz effects.

If everything goes wrong you can reset everything to defaults by selecting 'preferences' and clicking 'reset to defaults'.
You can also use the command 'unity --reset' from a terminal or TTY session.
To enter a TTY session press "Ctrl-Alt-F1" and login. To return to the graphical interface press "Ctrl-Alt-F7"




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