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How can I enable compiz effects on Gnome3 on ubuntu 11.10?

I already installed ccsm and compiz-plugins-extra.

What else should I do?

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! By "GNOME 3", are you referring to the GNOME Shell interface or GNOME Classic? You can't use Compiz in GNOME Shell, but you can in Classic. – Christopher Kyle Horton Mar 14 '12 at 8:14
Related (but not a duplicate): – Christopher Kyle Horton Mar 14 '12 at 8:16
possible duplicate of How do I enable compiz in Gnome Classic? – Christopher Kyle Horton Mar 14 '12 at 8:44
up vote 7 down vote accepted

I'm sorry for bad news but Gnome3 will not work with Compiz as it has its own windows manager compositor called Mutter/Clutter. However, if you will use Gnome 2 you will be able to run Compiz and enjoy its effects.

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Technically, GNOME Classic is GNOME 3, as is GNOME Shell. We must be careful with terminology here. – Christopher Kyle Horton Mar 14 '12 at 8:13
Mutter and compiz are both compositing window managers that make use of 3d acceleration. Gnome 3's shell relies on mutter in the same was as Unity3d relies on compiz: you cannot switch window managers unless you also stop using gnome-shell. On the other hand, mutter does a lot of the same things that compiz does and does provide some similar effects, though without any of the same emphasis on customisability - customising it is extremely limited if possible at all - for the most part you are stuck with it as it is. It's designed more to just work and not make itself obvious. – thomasrutter Oct 5 '12 at 6:47

Gnome 3 doesn't work with Compiz because the developers of it are trying to make an easier desktop.

But if you want to try (WARNING MAY BREAK SYSTEM)

compiz --replace

Although altogether if you want Compiz effects on GNOME use GNOME 2. it's less of a hassle and works. Although it won't surprise me if a hacker that is seasoned finds a way to make it work on GNOME 3. You could also use unity to use Compiz Effects too. I use unity and my compiz effects work great. cheers CJ

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+1 Why was this down voted? – Hubro Aug 13 '13 at 9:08
Warning ignored, system broke. – Jeff Oct 24 '13 at 14:54

Install CompizConfig Settings Manager. It is in the Software Center.

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It's worth noting that this will work only with GNOME Classic. It won't work with GNOME Shell as that uses Mutter instead of Compiz. – Christopher Kyle Horton Mar 14 '12 at 8:12
@WarriorIng64 Why would this work with GNOME Classic? GNOME Classic uses metacity, not compiz. Unity (but not Unity 2D) uses compiz. – Eliah Kagan Jul 5 '12 at 12:34
@EliahKagan GNOME Classic can use Compiz too. For more information, see How do I enable compiz in Gnome Classic? (which is solved, and suggested above as a duplicate). – Christopher Kyle Horton Jul 6 '12 at 4:04

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