Sometimes ago I used KDE 3.5 I think, and really liked the transparency option for windows, which gave all my text editor a really killer look and feel, really nice/ethereal environment for coding.

I haven't managed to find such a possibility with GNOME.

Any idea if it is possible and how?


Assuming that your system is able handle the Opacify compiz plugin then you just have to install Advanced Desktop Effects Settings

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

and play with the Opacify settings till you get your desired effect.

To start the CompizConfig Settings Manager you go to System -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager

  • I managed to install it, but didn't manage to find what to configure so has transparency takes effect ;-) There's an increase and decrease parameter which is certainly about opacity but dont know what sort of control it is. I'll look at it... – Stephane Rolland Mar 5 '11 at 23:24
  • I have tried configuring the opacity with "class=Gedit" and window opacity value at 50... but my Gedit windows remain still plain opaque... maybe I should restart, but I have 20 windows openned,so I'll restart later... we'll see – Stephane Rolland Mar 6 '11 at 9:32

Yes, it is possible, and was actually planned as a feature in ubuntu (possibly may come in Natty+1 or +2 if the bugs are fixed). It is not supported however, and you may find some applications crash, misbehave, and throw tantrums and chairs.

Here is a link to the instructions: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/RGBA+Gtk%2B+module?content=100556

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