The packages you need are compiz. Use the Add/Remove Software to determine if these packages are already installed, or add as required:
After these are installed, launch 'Applications->System Tools->Compiz Fusion Icon'. Right click the blue cube icon in the notification app on the task bar, and change 'Select Window Manager' to Compiz. The Compiz 3D window manager will attempt to start. This requires a 3D accel video card, but most modern ATI, Intel and Nvidia cards will work.
Provided your video card is supported, you will notice the change. Use the fusion icon to change the Window Decorator to 'Emerald'.
Then use the fusion icon's 'Setting Manager' and 'Emerald Theme Manager' to access all kinds of desktop effects.
To have compiz load at login, add the Compiz Fusion Icon to your startup programs.
Last edited by anotherlinuxuser; 10-22-2010 at 01:58 AM.