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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Enable Compiz Fusion on Fedora 12 | Ranjith Siji | Programming the Web

Enable Compiz Fusion on Fedora 12 | Ranjith Siji | Programming the Web: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

HowTo: Get your HD graphics card running at 1920x1280, and with compiz enabling the 3d graphics effects.

HDTV's are now the same price as an LCD monitor, and things are only going to get better. There is no way computer monitors are going to match the volume pricing of HDTV's.

But now, you have to get a graphics card to output to this resolution, and it might as well play games...I'm to boring to play games much, but I like the 3D desktop workspace flipping, so away we go.

Above is the best guide I've found to get compiz running for ATI cards. One post said the same commands worked on FC13, but that wasn't the case for me running ATI 5770. You need to be upstream to FC12, and some posts mention FC12 works with this, but I don't know.

After the install steps above, I set Compiz for 3d workspaces, and it worked fast.

VNC is another matter. At this point, I gave up, and run vnc windows through other accounts and kvm/'s. Any changes to disable compiz from the vnc window affect the account, and thus when you login it is different. A session change to metacity crashed in glibx.

There are plenty of ongoing bugs on this, but basically shipping graphics accelerated effects across a network isn't worth the trouble. I would rather have seperate profiles not on account, but seperate to VNC or operating of a connected display...

The compiz settings for just this were simple:

But you lose the open window icons on the bottom bar:)

There are several options, but window launcher lets me see all the windows on all workspaces, and pick one from any of the workspaces.
Right click on the bottom bar, and add Window Launcher to the panel.

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