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Hi! Yes, it is possible to install Compiz in Slackware 12.1 (x/compiz-0.7.4-i486.tgz). But you also need a little bit more packages to play with it. Look at slackbuilds.org: ccsm. You can find other packages in its description.
Starting compiz from within KDE requires executing two commands in a terminal window:
1. compiz --replace dbus png svg decoration wobbly fade minimize cube switcher move resize place rotate scale &
2. kde-window-decorator --replace &
The above assumes that your graphics supports direct rendering, (check the output from glxinfo) and that your xorg.conf contains the lines to enable the features that compiz requires. (I am lucky in that my nVidia card using the nVidia proprietary driver automatically writes a working xorg.conf). For other cards you could trying searching this forum for further information.
Once you have compiz running, KDE will automatically restart compiz for your next KDE session.
To stop compiz, from within KDE open a terminal window and kill the compiz and kde-window-decorator processes, then immediately logout of KDE. Upon next restart compiz should be gone.
This sounds simple and it should be, but experience shows that there are many pitfalls. Good luck!
I've installed Compiz from Slackbuilds.org (all the packages except # 4 and 13). #4 I guess is for Gnome and can't install #13 because it says I have no permission (being root?). But, since it is optional, I think it doesn't make any difference.
I had all the same problems that you had and found no solutions to them.
Sometimes it works and sometimes not. Sometimes it locks up the desk top and nuthin will work and the only way I could get out is with the Micky Soft Windows button. (reset switch)
Compiz is ok to play with when it works but I don't put it on a system that I have to depend on.
If you want Compiz to work with as few worries as possible, fusion-icon is a must. It automates most things for you so you don't lose your window decorations (and therefore don't have to manually restart them). However, even with fusion-icon it is WAY to unstable for me, and causes more headaches than it's worth. I gave the compiz thing a serious try and left it by the wayside, never to touch it again. There are some nice things in compiz that aren't just for looks, but they're just not worth the effort an instability in my opinion. However, if you disagree, I would definitely recommend getting fusion-icon to work (as well as CCSM, etc.).