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Hi I've found this video that shows a standalone of Google Chrome and Compiz and I wanted to do it too!

Sadly he didn't say how to do it or anything and I even checked his site. I did the steps but when I make it and log in all I get is Google Chrome a black background and no Compiz and it's border less.

How can I perform the same thing as in the video?

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He is using Chrome OS in the video and you can download it from This is a Ubuntu site and Chrome OS is "Off Topic" Good luck – stephenmyall Aug 12 '12 at 5:20
That the video is from Chrome OS does not mean Haquimamir is running Chrome OS. This question has been answered for Ubuntu (and that answer was accepted). As this question has remained within the scope of Ask Ubuntu, let's not close it as off-topic. – Eliah Kagan Aug 12 '12 at 20:08
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What he is doing is using compiz in standalone mode and then launching chrome.

I found some directions on how to do it and have been playing around with it for a bit.

What I did is this:

First, install the following packages

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra

Then, make a file at


And fill it with this:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=This session logs you into Compiz standalone

After that, you'll want to make another file at


and put this in it:

if test -z "$DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS"; then
eval `dbus-launch --sh-syntax --exit-with-session`
compiz ccp & wmpid=$!
sleep 1
if [ -f ~/.compiz-session ]; then
source ~/.compiz-session &
xterm &
# Wait for WM
wait $wmpid

Set that file to the right permission:

sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/compiz-session

Note that the script above references a file ~/.compiz-session. That's going to contain a shell script with what you want to run when the session starts.

I set mine up like this:

gnome-settings-daemon &
nm-applet &
bluetooth-applet &
gnome-terminal &

When you start compiz this way, there aren't going to be any settings enabled because you're not using Unity. In order to set that up, I used the terminal to start compiz's settings manager with the following command:

ccsm &

Then you should enable whatever settings you want. I enabled the wallpaper plugin, the window decoration plugin (to give windows their borders), the switcher plugin (so I can change windows) and various others that I wanted. Sometimes enabling or disabling a plugin will crash you to the login manager. If this happens, just log in again, your changes will be saved.

After you've set up compiz so window decoration works and you have some way of changing windows, you can change your .compiz-session file's last line from:

gnome-terminal &


google-chrome-stable &

That will start Chrome when you log in.

You can press ctrl+alt+printscreen+k to log out.

I followed the directions at and modified it a bit to do what you wanted it to do.


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Thanks a lot your a great help! – Haqimamir Aug 12 '12 at 17:30

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