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I'm running Ubuntu in a virtual machine via VirtualBox. I have the seamless mode turned on, which is pretty cool. However, if I move an Ubuntu window around quickly, I can see the redraw of the ubuntu background quickly before it's hidden by VirtualBox again. This isn't a huge deal, but I'd like to fix it, if possible.

I see two possible options that don't involve changing VirtualBox code:

  1. Make the Ubuntu desktop transparent
  2. Make the Ubuntu desktop hidden entirely

Is it possible to do either?

I know that Compiz Fusion has/had a feature to do this for their cube effects, but I don't think that I can run this on the VM. And, even if I could, I don't want to run those services for this one small feature.

My host OS is Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Use the same wallpaper in the VM and in the Host?

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I'm doing that now, but it still draws a flicker behind the Ubuntu window. – EndangeredMassa Feb 11 '11 at 23:35
I think its just something that happens when you run a VM. If you were to make the background transparent, it would possibly show up as black. – Jonathan Mar 22 '11 at 23:49
I thought that might help. I asked in the original question if anyone knew how to do that. – EndangeredMassa Mar 23 '11 at 0:25

What you could also do is to run gconf-editor, to go to /apps/nautilus/preferences and to uncheck the show desktop entry, then, your wallpaper should disappear. P.S. note that you will loose right click on the desktop and desktop icons.

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Turn off having Gnome to draw the background. Install gconf-editor if you do not have it, run gconf-editor, go to /desktop/gnome/background and uncheck the draw_background value. Not only does it fix the problem, it also is much more responsive.

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