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XCompMgr works, but a great alternative is compton. To install, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and execute the following commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:richardgv/compton sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install compton and then sudo leafpad /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart and add the line @compton -c -r 16 -l -24 -t -12 -G -b ...


You do indeed have all you need with compiz. Setting Window.Form.Opacity should set the X window property _NET_WM_WINDOW_OPACITY on the window; For a test whether the ubuntu part works, try setting the opacity manually to 0.5 with this low-level command (click the window): $ xprop -f _NET_WM_WINDOW_OPACITY 32c -set _NET_WM_WINDOW_OPACITY 0x7fffffff ...

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