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Old 10-21-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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transparent windows in gnome

ive recently switched from kde to gnome and am now using fedora 13. i really like some of the desktop features in kde where it had highlighted windows, transparent windows etc

with the latest versions of kde it was very easy as i just clicked "add themes" or "add splash screens" etc and it was all automated. im having a little more difficulty now that im a linux gnome noob.

can anyone give me some tips?
Old 10-22-2010, 01:56 AM   #2
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The packages you need are compiz. Use the Add/Remove Software to determine if these packages are already installed, or add as required:


Optional extras

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.

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Old 10-22-2010, 01:59 AM   #3
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you can also use xcompmgr

just "yum install xcompmgr" or "apt-get install xcompmgr"
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Originally Posted by Expeto View Post
you can also use xcompmgr
Pretty basic compared to compiz - I use it with openbox to get transparent terminal windows. Note that metacity can do compositing and mutter is by design a compositing window manager. However, with GNOME, I generally go all-out with compiz/emerald


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