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Note: Without installing Compiz in KDE4 you can try enabling similar effects included with KDE in System Settings -> Desktop Effects. Xfce4 includes a compositor with configuration for shadows and opacity, (Settings Manager -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Compositor -> Enable display compositing.)

According to this thread on the forum
are 3 main types of video cards that can run C-F; ATI (newer than 7000), Intel (newer than i810) and NVIDIA (newer than GeForce2).

I've only succeeded with C-F on an ATI HD 3200 integrated graphics on an Asus M3A78-EM mainboard. I couldn't get it to work on an NVIDIA GeForce 3. C-F is unlikely to work on certain combinations of display adapters and drivers--it's been hit and miss in my experience. I did receive feedback from one user on the forum indicating the C-F worked, although a little slow with his Intel card in Lighthouse 5.00 G, when using the i915.modeset=1 kernel option.

Update: C-F also works on an Asus notebook equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX-660M graphics and the
Nvidia-glx-319.23-k3.8.7-L64-1 Pet.

In Lighthouse, the window managers Fusion, LXDE, KDE 4, KDE 3.5 (in LHP 4.43) and Xfce are compatible with C-F. It will not work with IceWM, JWM or Openbox.
  • Click Menu | System | Lighthouse 3D-Demo to verify DRI is enabled and test 3D. For L64-5.1x see proprietary driver Pets in Lighthouse Update. For LHP 5.0x it may be necessary to use ATI or NVIDIA video and install the corresponding proprietary driver pet. (For LHP 4.4x, using Mariner SFS, log off to CL, run xorgwizard to set up 3D accelerated drivers for your ATI or NVIDIA display adapter.)

  • If the 3D-Demo runs OK and displays "direct rendering: Yes", you can try C-F:
  • Reboot and (hopefully) Compiz-Fusion and Emerald window decorator will start automatically in Fusion/KDE/LXDE/Xfce, and a fusion-icon will be in the system tray; right-click the icon for settings.

  • Compiz Config Settings Manager CCSM (right-click fusion-icon in system tray | Settings Manager.) To disable or configure the 'rotating cube screensaver', click Extras | Screen Saver*.

  • If XScreensavers flicker or if audio/video is choppy in MPlayer, temporarily disable C-F by right-clicking the fusion icon in the system tray | Select Window Manager | Kwin (or Openbox). When I'm done with MPlayer I do the same and change it back to Compiz (default). Xine seems to be fine in C-F. Also disable C-F before using Blender.

  • More about CF here, and compiz-fusion.org.
Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager (right-click fusion-icon in system tray or KMenu | Settings.) If you would like to see the 'exploding in flames' burn effect, in Simple CCSM, click Animations tab | Drop down for 'Close Window' and choose 'burn'. No apply needed, changes will take effect immediately. On the Effects tab at Cube deformation you can choose cylinder, sphere (default) or none (cube).

Key combinations for various effects can be set in CCSM  (the 'Super' key is a.k.a. the 'Windows' key.)
*Note: The 'elements' effect hotkeys have changed with C-F 0.8.8 and above; see CCSM -> Extras -> Elements. Screensaver feature is no longer available.  :-(

already set, often used ones are:

Key combination
Click top left corner Expo (wall of all desktops) CompizFusion_Bubbles CompizFusion_Screensaver
Autumn Leaves (toggle on/off)
Snow (toggle on/off)
Better Snow (toggle on/off)
*Ctrl+Super+ Fireflies (toggle on/off)
*Ctrl+Super+ Bubbles (toggle on/off)==>
Stars (toggle on/off)
Super+Right mouse
(button 3)
Zoom In
Super+Left mouse
(button 1)
Zoom Out
Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow/right mouse button
(or mouse wheel on pager/desktop)

Switch to Previous Desktop
Middle click on desktop or Ctrl+Alt+hold down Left mouse button to view desktop cube, as in image above right. Still holding down, move mouse to turn cube and switch desktops.

*Screensaver (image above right) activates after 8 min or by moving mouse pointer to lower left-hand corner.
Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow/middle mouse button
(or mouse wheel on page
Switch to Next Desktop

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