Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ubuntu Hardy and Compiz

Ubuntu Hardy was released only a few days ago, but there are already videos on YouTube showing of how a Linux desktop can look now:

The best part is that it is very simple to get exactly the same setup on your computer - even if it is old.
To get the exactly same result you will need to customize the default installation slightly. Firstly you will need to add some repositories. The easies way to do this is described in the post Ubuntu Hardy Repositories list.
After adding all the extra repositories you will need to run the following command in terminal:
sudo aptitude install simple-ccsm compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-main
sudo aptitude install compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-gnome compiz-plugins emerald
sudo aptitude install fusion-icon

This will install all the required programs. You can find themes for compiz at
To start emerald use the fusion icon: Aplications -> System Tools -> Fusion Icon.
Optionally, you can also install kiba-dock - but it is not available from any repository I know about. If you want to get it follow instructions in the post Installing Kiba-dock in Hardy.
You can also install a lot of themes for compiz using the package emerald-themes. To install it you will need to add the following repository (it is a feisty repository, so I don't recommend using it - do it on your own risk):

deb feisty eyecandy

You will then need to add the GPG key:

wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Unfortunately this repository is only for feisty - I don't recommend using it.

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