Installing it in Ubuntu is as easy as adding a new site to your apt-get repository list and firing up apt-get in the usual way and grabbing the binaries from their repository. Then either launch it from the command line using the command “gcompizthemer” or go to System->Preferences where a new menu item called “CGWD Themer” can be found. The themer does nice things to the borders of and bars of your windows. I love the glow of the min/max/close buttons that spills over the side of the window!
Oh, and just because I bought a Mac laptop doesn’t mean I’m abandoning Linux. I fell in love with my Gnome+Xgl desktop once again when I came home from San Francisco!
Later – two articles features on digg and delicious which might be of interest:
- An Overview of modern fancy Unix desktops – good summary of the competing technologies that make the 3d and special visual effects possible
- The Linux Desktop Myth – a long essay on one man’s experience with switching to Linux and GPLed software.
- Suse Compiz page – has lots more info and lists all the options and configurable bits! (via)