Compiz in linux

Since the time, I’ve started using linux I always believed that ,one of the most attractive feature in linux desktop , 3d – desktop effects (compiz) are only meant for PC’s having only Intel micro-proceesor with high graphics-capability card.
Earlier in Ubuntu 8.04, whenever I tried to enable the visual effects it showed message like “3-d acceleration not supported”.

Thanks to Pramode sir, i realized that  the  graphics driver in debian (‘nv driver’) distro packages does not support my graphics chip.So I downloaded the required driver from the official site of the chip and installed it.

The first step to be taken for compiz installation is to identify whether compiz is supported on your system. This can be checked by executing  ‘compiz-check’ .It  can be downloaded from 

the information about your graphics card can accesed by command “lspci”,which  is  a  utility for displaying information about PCI buses in the system and devices connected to them.

lspci | grep ‘VGA’

will provide details  about graphics card in the pc like

00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller: XXXXXXXXXX

the graphics driver for the graphics chip can be downloaded from its official website

after that compiz can be installed by

apt-get install compiz

Configuring Compiz

The compiz can be configured by accesing CompizConfig Setting Manager from System->Preferences->CompizConfig Settings Manager
which opens like

One of the most attractive feature of the linux desktop is the 3d-desktop feature which if enabled helps to change the desktop into a cube,or a sphere or a cylinder according to the user needs.
Apart from this,the desktop can configured into a big cube or cylinder of water with fishes,sharks ,dolphins and tidal waves in it.Every thing in this in the configurable mode the frequency of the waves,height of the water,number of fishes and even the size of the fishes..
Some pics :

  1. #1 by johnpaul c i on October 19, 2010 - 10:52 AM

    nice post

  2. #2 by saga on December 3, 2010 - 3:48 PM

    where should i down load linu driver I cannot I driver from official site please forward any other site downloading the driver

    • #3 by nairrohit on November 17, 2011 - 6:19 AM

      @saga: Please send me the output of ‘lspci | grep VGA’

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