Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 + Xgl + ATI fglrx + Compiz Fusion

If you have a ATI graphics card, you might have to tweak Ubuntu 7.10 a bit before compiz fusion will work correctly.

Desktop Expo View

1. Installation on a fresh Gutsy install.

Enable fgrlx driver.

Install linux-restricted-modules and restricted-manager provided in the restricted repositories:

code (copy/past the 2 lines in one time!):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-generic restricted-manager

Install the ati driver: system->administration->restricted drivers manager

2. Install xserver-xgl package

sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl

3. Install compiz

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz compiz-core compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-gnome compiz-plugins libcompizconfig-backend-gconf libcompizconfig0

4. Restart x-server (ctrl+alt+backspace)

5. Done

2. If you upgrade to Gutsy and had tried Xgl before.

This is a bit harder.

3. Mess with your compiz fusion settings (system -> preferences -> advanced desktop effect settings)

After messing with them you will have something like this.

(that beats vista’s aero on every level doesn’t it?(gniffels silently in a corner whilst in stand-up fetus position))

And much, much more!

Note: this is copied from Ubuntu Forums.

If you have questions post them there.

    • Geoff
    • January 16th, 2008

    Trust me, Linux Owns a lot more with an NVidia card. I just switched and its made a world of difference. No more graphical anomalies with compiz or wine and blazing fast performance with both. I went from ATI X1600 to Geforce 8600 both mobile version I switched laptops. But yes, Compiz does beat the hell out of Vista, and so does Gutsy.

    • Chris
    • January 18th, 2008

    Sorry, that didn’t quite work for me. It seems I just don’t have the right driver.

    qoute: Install the ati driver: system->administration->restricted drivers manager

    I do get there, but I don’t see any ati driver…



    • Gaurav Chaudhary
    • April 4th, 2008

    I successfully enabled the above said compiz and tweaked the preferences but i was not able to reach to the effects shown. Are they really upto them??

    • linuxowns
    • April 4th, 2008

    The flip effects, and animations have to be enabled in the advanced desktop effects settings.

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