Since the release of Ubuntu 8.04, Compiz Fusion has been updated to version 0.7.6. Been eying the new cylinder and sphere deformations effects or other new plugins? It’s not hard to upgrade Ubuntu 8.04’s version of Compiz to get the latest and greatest desktop effects.
You’ll need to add a new repository that contains recent Compiz packages. Open
System->Administration->Software Sources. Select the
tab and click
Add. Paste in the line below and click
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/compiz/ubuntu hardy main
Software Sources and when prompted, choose to reload the repositories.
A number of software updates related to Compiz should become available now; install them using Update Manager. Log out and back in to Ubuntu or restart Compiz manually. You should now be up-to-date.
To take full advantage of the new version of Compiz, you need to configure the
new effects from Compiz’s settings manager. If you had it installed previously,
Advanced Desktop Effects Settings is now labeled as
Manager in the
If it’s not there, install CompizConfig Settings Manager from the package compizconfig-settings-manager (click the link to install), or by running the command below in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
Be sure that your visual effects level is set to
System->Preferences->Appearance->Visual Effects as to not override the
advanced settings manager.
Want to try the new cylinder and sphere deformations shown in the screenshots?
Open CompizConfig Settings Manager and turn on the
Cube Reflection and Deformation plugins. In
Options->Desktop Size, set the size to four horizontal. In
Cube Reflection and
Deformation->Deformation, select cylinder or sphere. Rotate the cube by moving
the cursor while holding the left mouse button and pressing Ctrl-Alt.