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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
To each his own, but I love eye candy. When I heard that you could get the 3D Xgl and Compiz environment running on Ubuntu/Kubuntu dapper (my default distribution), I immediately searched the web for instructions. Most of the instructions take a reasonably timid approach, which gets your 3D environment running in a test console (the second display, or :1). I'm more adventurous, however, and I immediately went for a total replacement. What follows are instructions for doing the same.
As the title says, these instructions are for Ubuntu/Kubuntu dapper with an NVidia binary driver. If you are using another distribution or are using an ATI card, you'll have to adjust the instructions or look elsewhere for information. Sorry, but this is what I run, so this is what I know.
Install on Ubuntu/Kubuntu
Assuming you are using Ubuntu or Kubuntu dapper, add one or more of the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
Also along the same lines:
I’ve installed and played with xgl and compiz in the past, but decided to not keep using them for various reasons. I recently installed and set up xgl/compiz again, and will probably keep them as my primary X environment. I configured xgl/compiz so I can select them from my list of sessions in gdm. Here are my experiences so far.