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I've installed Beryl with Gnome, and it's working beautifully. Really fun to play with when I have nothing else to do.
Now the bad news ... When I (re)start X it seems like Beryl isn't the default manager. My desktop seems to act like it's defaulting to Compiz. I have to go to Applications > System Tools > Beryl Manager to get the Beryl icon in the taskbar. Then I have to select Compiz as the window manager from the icon, then reselect Beryl to get my effects to work.
I'm using Fedora Core 6. Though it wasn't in exactly the same menu path as you stated, I was able to locate it. Now the manager loads, but I'm still having problems where it looks like it wants to start with the Compiz manager instead. I still have to change the settings each time.
I'm still having problems with this issue. For some reason, though the Beryl manager is loading, when I access "Select Window Manager" from the Beryl icon, it is defaulted to Metacity. Selecting Beryl as the manager works until I restart my machine, then reverts back to Metacity.
If you have Beryl set as default wm then when there is a kernel update your gui will most likely crash if you have a nVidia card.
That can be true. The beryl-manager does offer an option to autoload a backup WM in case beryl crashes, though, so I wouldn't worry. It just becomes a matter of re-installing the nvidia driver and rebooting.
Ah ok, there was something wrong with emerald, I replaced it by aquamarine and then switched back to emeral, now I got the cube back.
But still there's the problem with making it default and preparing for kernel updates...
OK, when you right-click on the beryl-manager diamond icon, you should see "Launch fall-back window manager if beryl crashes" or something like it. Enable that, and under the fall-back WM section, choose Kwin (if you're using KDE).
So the next time beryl crashes, it should seamlessly turn on Kwin. Even if it doesn't, X shouldn't crash anyway. You just won't have a WM
As for getting it to start automatically, people have noticed that Kubuntu isn't consistently starting up beryl using the standard autostart instructions.