CompizFusion: ***Updated guide for Ubuntu 7.04***


If you are adamant about installing Compiz Fusion from a 3rd party repository, this is the only method I recommend. I strongly discourage the use of Trevino's repository.

*updated to reflect Amaranth's guide*
Amaranth is the developer/maintainer of Compiz for Ubuntu. These are packages backported directly from the Gutsy Repository. This repository does not have a pgp key, to remind users that they are installing/updating from a 3rd party repository.

**compiling links at the bottom of this post

*please remove any repositories you were using (i.e. vorian extras Treveno eyecandy)
** also purge Treveno's packages
sudo apt-get --purge remove compiz* libcompizconfig
sudo aptitude remove libgnome-compiz-manager0 compiz-extra libcompizconfig0 compiz-dev compiz-gtk compiz-kde compiz-settings libcompizconfig-backend-gconf compiz-config-ini gcompizthemer compiz-plugins libgnome-compiz-manager-dev compizconfig-backend-kde compizconfig-settings-manager python-compizconfig compiz-config-gnome taskbar-compiz compizconfig-plugin compiz-freedesktop-dev compiz-fusion-plugins-unofficial compiz-bcop compiz-ccs-settings-manager libgnome-compiz-manager libcompizconfig0-dev compiztools compizconfig-settings-legacy compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-compcomm-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported compiz compiz-extra-plugins compiz-fusion-plugins-main libcompizconfig-backend-kconfig compiz-core compiz-decorator gnome-compiz-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-gnome libcompizconfig-dev libgnome-compiz-manager0-dev libcompizconfig0 libcompizconfig-backend-gconf libcompizconfig0-dev libcompizconfig-backend-kconfig libcompizconfig-dev

First add Amaranth's repository:
add to your /etc/apt/sources.list (see Adding Repositories for additional help)
deb feisty main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src feisty main restricted universe multiverse

Next, update your repository and install Compiz & Compiz Fusion Plugins
select all:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager

*The Following commands should be entered after hitting ALT+F2 (looks like this)

To Run Compiz Fusion
use alt+F2 and enter
compiz --replaceTo configure Compiz
alt+F2 and enter
ccsmYou can also configure Compiz Fusion by going to System>Preferences>CompizConfig Settings Manager

Have Fun


The Compiz Fusion 0.5.2 tarballs are available at . You can verify these tarballs using the sha1sums in , which are signed by Compiz Fusion Release Team GPG key (C2B8F46E) at . The matching Compiz Core tarball is available in the compiz/ subdirectory.
Instructions on upgrading from Beryl can be found here
For more information, see onestone’s forum post here
more info at the compiz fusion blog....

Some quick tricks:
- Hold CTRL + ALT keys and with the left mouse button rotate the cube
- Super + E activates the Expo plugin
- Hold Super + Shift and with your mouse paint fire on your desktop
- Super + Shift + C will erase the fire paint
- Super + Tab activates the Ring Switcher plugin

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Discussion: CompizFusion: ***Updated guide for Ubuntu 7.04***

  1. Chris (guest)

    # Posted on 13 August 2007 at 05:40 AM

    What adjustments would I make to this guide for Kubuntu 7.04? I have previously installed compiz-fusion/compiz-kde using the Treviño eyecandy repos with no luck in getting window decorations working...

  2. Steve (guest)

    # Posted on 13 August 2007 at 06:01 AM

    There are two important things to note. 1) Compiz with Fusion plugins will be available in Gutsy in two months 2) If you want Compiz Fusion with feisty, you have two options -(a) compile the packages yourself or (b) use a third party repository.

    Amaranth has the most trusted repository, again, as he is the developer and maintainer for compiz.

    There are plenty of guides and repositories available. However, I feel it is important to advise people on what the most reliable and trusted way to install compiz with fusion plugins via 3rd party repository.

    Ideally, a person would just compile the packages from the source.

  3. Matt (guest)

    # Posted on 13 August 2007 at 03:22 PM

    That repository should be gpg authenticated in order to really make it "the most trusted repository" having Compiz Fusion. At the moment it is not a trusted repo in that sense, whether the maintainer is the official Ubuntu Compiz developer or not. Trusted apt with gpg authentication is simply the official way to use apt in both Ubuntu and Debian nowadays.

  4. Matt (guest)

    # Posted on 13 August 2007 at 03:42 PM

    ...Oh, I found out that one cannot sign the PPA repos. In Amaranth's own words: "As for my repo not being signed, that's by design. You cannot sign PPA repos. It's to make it obvious what software you're using isn't official."

  5. Scott (guest)

    # Posted on 14 August 2007 at 10:28 AM

    This method really boogered up my fusion! I never did get the window borders to work, and it froze my Feisty rock-solid at least twice before I removed it, and went back to the CF-Installer-Updater script:

  6. Matt (guest)

    # Posted on 17 August 2007 at 01:25 AM

    videos seem to have sluggish performance when using Amaranth's Compiz packages. After disabling CompizFusion videos worked ok again. I don't remember to have had such problems with Treviño's Compiz.

  7. Matt (guest)

    # Posted on 17 August 2007 at 01:59 AM

    Enabling Desktop Effects from the Gnome preferences menu doesn't work with Amaranth's CompizFusion (at least here, with Ubuntu Feisty). If it can't be fixed now, it shouldn't be mentioned in the other guide here:

  8. Matt (guest)

    # Posted on 17 August 2007 at 06:46 AM

    Sorry but I'm going back to Treviño's version of CompizFusion too. For now it is just more stable and works better. An example: I have had about three update notices of the package compiz-core within a single day. I checked and even rthe vesion number was the same as before, so why the heck does apt tell me I should update the package once again?? And even after all the updates, there still are problems with video performance, for example.

    Besides, Treviño's repository uses gpg signing like a good truly trustworthy Ubuntu/apt repository should.

    Hopefully, and probably, all the problems in Amaranth's Compiz get fixed by the time Gutsy will be released though. Good luck, and patience! :)

  9. Matt (guest)

    # Posted on 17 August 2007 at 07:48 AM

    A good repository of backported CompizFusion, from Gutsy to Feisty, here:

  10. Matt (guest)

    # Posted on 17 August 2007 at 07:49 AM

    Reacocard's Ubuntu debs have CompizFusion too:

  11. Rick (guest)

    # Posted on 22 August 2007 at 02:23 PM

    Is "-purge" a valid APT-GET option?

    ricko@sserver704:~$ sudo apt-get –purge remove compiz libcompizconfig E: Invalid operation –purge

    Good Start !

  12. # Posted on 24 August 2007 at 06:04 AM

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  13. Acgla (guest)

    # Posted on 26 August 2007 at 08:25 AM


    It's sudo apt-get --purge remove compiz* libcompizconfig

    It works great.

  14. GreySim (guest)

    # Posted on 29 August 2007 at 12:47 AM

    @Rick - The purge option should have two hyphens. The blog software here is just converting the two - - together into an em dash.

    @Steve - Can you clue us in on why you strongly discourage the use of Trevino’s repository? I could understand preferring to have used Amaranth's in the first place, but I don't understand what's so drastically wrong with Trevino's packages that it warrants detailed instructions on how to remove them if you already happen to have them installed.

  15. GreySim (guest)

    # Posted on 29 August 2007 at 01:28 AM

    In fact, I actually am going back to Trevino's repository as well. I have, to the best of my knowledge, completely purged all packages from there, cleared the apt cache, installed compiz-core definitely from feisty/main compiz-core 1:0.5.2-0ubuntu3~ppa4, and yet the package insists that it constantly needs updating somehow. I don't understand it at all.

    That and there are less plugins available overall. The only downfall I see to using Trevino's packages is that a dist-upgrade to Gutsy might get tricky when it's released, but even that is just a wild stab in the dark, and I'd rather do a fresh install at that point in the future anyway so that I can have sane Compiz Fusion packages now.

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