MATE desktop has recently migrated, as of version 1.6, from using mateconf-editor to gsettings. This breaks traditional solutions for changing MATE's window manager to Compiz.


I assume you have already installed Compiz. If not:

sudo apt-get install compiz

gsettings has an equivalent operation to the mateconf-editor key-change operation you had to do to set the window manager to Compiz. Now, to activate Compiz, simply run the following terminal command:

sudo gsettings set org.mate.session.required-components windowmanager compiz

This will change the windowmanager key to compiz in the org.mate.session.required-components schema. Next, I highly recommend installing CompizConfig Settings Manager:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

With this, you are done. You may either run compiz --replace in the Terminal to start Compiz, or simply reboot your machine. I recommend the latter, as the former may have problems.

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    no joy. I'm using ubuntu 14.10 mate and when I've restarted the top bar of all windows is missing – Daithí Nov 26 '14 at 8:17
  • Hmm. I don't use Ubuntu anymore, but try running gtk-window-decorator --replace after the system boots up? – mszegedy Dec 19 '14 at 19:46

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