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I would like to be able to see the X root window instead of the Unity desktop. This could be for the purposes of using such programs as Xphoon, which fill the X root window with graphics. How can Unity be set such that the X root window becomes visible instead of the desktop wallpaper?

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This is probably related: askubuntu.com/questions/380498/xsnow-does-not-work --- similar olde code. I tried to get xroach working but with no success... –  Rmano Mar 27 '14 at 15:23

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  1. install fwm or metacity
  2. copy .xintrc from /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc to /home/user/
  3. add line to /home/user/.xinitrc as exec fwm or exec metacity
  4. edit /etc/default/burg as GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text"
  5. restart
  6. login with username and password
  7. run startx
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Thank you Jens Erat –  Vinu Kevy Jan 12 at 11:27

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