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I tried it and immediately had a big problem (here). Also, could not use more than one workspace. It is said that they are compatible, that is: I can install Compiz with Xfce if I want to. But I enter a world of bugs, am I?

I would like more opinions, please.

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Yes, Compiz is compatible with XFCE. The thing is, for common people, choosing XFCE over the "common" ones like KDE, Unity and Gnome is because of limited resources (CPU and Memory most of the time).

But sources like the following confirm that Compiz is compatible with XFCE but needs a little more loving to get it working:

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XFCE is for users that want a minimalist desktop. Saying I want to use XFCE and I want to use Compiz is a lot like saying I want apple juice, but it should taste like orange juice. I use XFCE, but I don't complain about the 3D buggy-ness.

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i agree. i was just curious to see compiz at work, not using it necessarily. it didnt't seem to work ok. i like minimalist every day except on tuesdays. – cipricus Mar 21 '12 at 0:02
I disagree. The reason is simple: tearing. The "3D buggy-ness" in turn solves this problem and it has nothing to do with "minimalistic" outlook (which I prefer, too). – avp Oct 11 '13 at 18:17
@avp If you're just trying to fix screen tearing, use compton. It's a very lightweight compositor that works beautifully. Much more effective than Compiz if you don't need Compiz's large feature set. – alanaktion Feb 1 at 23:19
@alanaktion thanks for bothering. I've already found the best of two worlds. It is (I am not sure, but I think they use Gala, the Mutter-based WM). – avp Feb 2 at 16:49
If you're still looking light but nice compositing LXQt is coming to LXDE main soon. I like it with kwin WM. – RobotHumans Feb 2 at 22:37

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