Try out the Metacity compositor

Peter told you how to quickly set desktop effects in KDE with the press of a button if you're using KWin. A similar trick is available for GNOME's Metacity.

First, you'll need to be using Metacity, and not Compiz. Yes, Metacity has compositing.

Metacity's compositor can be turned on in GConf, but for the enlightened, it's an Alt+F2 and a command away:

metacity -c

And to disable again:

metacity --no-composite

It's not quite the magical three-key shortcut KWin has, but it sure beats going into GConf to tick a checkbox. It's the perfect lightweight replacement for Compiz if you don't need all of the bells and whistles but still want to use some composited applications like GNOME Do and Screenlets.

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Discussion: Try out the Metacity compositor

  1. BobCFC (guest)

    # Posted on 08 February 2009 at 12:44 AM

    ... and you get beautiful drop shadows for the windows which was the only effect that I could not live without

  2. BlogFV (guest)

    # Posted on 08 February 2009 at 04:45 PM

    I tried this but it did not work; I've been able to turn the effects on through gconf, but this command don't work for me.

    Why would this be? Any ideas?


  3. alexosborn (guest)

    # Posted on 25 March 2010 at 07:32 AM

    this works, but notify-send is dodgy :\

    (ubuntu 9.10)

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