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
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 :