I am running a barebones install of Ubuntu Server 13.04, that I want to boot into a Kiosk like application. For testing, I am launching into X running just XTerm.
When I boot up, if I do
sudo compiz& in my .xsession, everything comes up fine (my XTerm window has decorations). If I run just
compiz&, I don't get any decorations (although compiz is listed as a running process).