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Compiz Fusion – Unmatched 3D Environment in Linux

Compiz Fusion : Unmatched 3D Environment in Linux Think Aqua interface in Mac OSX and 3D Flip in Windows Vista was the best looking Operating system? Ever thought that the 3D effects on hacker's desktop shown in movies are not for real? No need to think again, just read on because the freedom and flexibility […]

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Compiz Fusion : Unmatched 3D Environment in Linux

Think Aqua interface in Mac OSX and 3D Flip in Windows Vista was the best looking Operating system? Ever thought that the 3D effects on hacker's desktop shown in movies are not for real? No need to think again, just read on because the freedom and flexibility Compiz Fusion provides is beyond imagination.

Compiz fusion is the result of a merge between the well-known Beryl composite window manager and Compiz Extras, a community set of improvements to the Compiz composite window manager. You don't even need a high performance hardware for this, it will work fine with 256MB RAM and a decent processor. Many distros such as Ubuntu , openSUSE, Mandriva, Fedora, Sabayon etc comes with out of the box Compiz Fusion and for others distros it can be added as an add-on. This article is aimed at encouraging users to try linux if they want the best rather than using Windows and refraining themself to try something new and better.

Here are screenshots of various effects that can be accomplished in Compiz Fusion and all for free, for which you would have to pay in Windows (even if someone develops them). Open Source is the way to go as it leads to faster development times and better than anything else.

3D Cube 3d cube 3D Cylinder 3d cylinder
3D Sphere 3d sphere 3D Windows 3d windows
3D Flip 3d flip Alt+Tab Switch alternate alt tab switch
Cover Stitcher cover stitcher Explode explode
Expo expo Group Tabbing group tabbing
Razr razr Ring Switcher ring switcher
Skewer skewer Tabbed Windows tabbed windows
Unfold unfold Annotate annotate

Compiz Fusion is not limited to just these effects. Just install additional plugins for more effects. If you want to develop one for that effect in mind, then go for it and contribute to the community. Its all Open. Have your say in the comments and help in promoting linux by promoting this post.

SOURCE : A Big Thanks to Dark Star of Technenclave for spreading the word about it and letting me know.

23 responses to “Compiz Fusion – Unmatched 3D Environment in Linux”

  1. Indeed, Compiz Fusion have some great visual effects πŸ™‚ I do hope that you are enjoying your Mandriva experience πŸ˜‰

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  3. Dark Star says:

    Hi .. Thanks for posting the link to original tutorial πŸ™‚ I hope you liked it πŸ™‚ Are you a member of Te ? :S I am also from India :p

  4. Ashfame says:

    @Facorat Fabrice
    Linux is the best OS. I love it.
    @Dark Star
    Hi buddy. Yes I recently joined TE. My ID is Ashfame only. Its a great place to be. I will contact you via email soon.

  5. Fox H says:

    These effects are the best but the bottom line is what do they achieve ? Answer = Nothing.
    They are just a visual spectacle that achieves nothing. I use XP and Ubuntu and removed all of this sort of stuff as it is just a waste of time. When I use the computer I want it to do what I need and not to show off a lot of effects that just get in the way.

  6. Ashfame says:

    @FOX H
    You are wrong my friend. These effects are not only for show off rather they help in increasing productivity.
    I find myself more productive in managing multiple windows with 3D flip and transparency to track multiple things at the same time.

  7. cool stuffs tempts me to give a try… will this effect my speed of my comp?

  8. Ashfame says:

    @Nicholas
    If you have decent hardware and you opt for a good combination then it won’t slow down your computer.

  9. WinDoze says:

    I wish xp had a theme like that!

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  11. Ashfame says:

    @WinDoze
    You can try transformation packs for some effects. A free 3D flip is available for Win XP (search on my blog) and a expensive 3D cube application is available too.
    Linux offers all for free. You want it, you switch.

  12. I Want Linux to be Mainstream says:

    I am not a geek (geek is not a bad thing). I have Fedora 9 and Mandriva on stick flash drives. Before that I used several flavors with VM Player. I want to use Linux and not Microsoft.
    I have used compiz on Mandriva.
    I have been looking for a place to express this sentiment: How can Linux become mainstream if it does not come completely ready to use like Microsoft? One needs handbooks and glossaries to use Linux. Every flavor has it’s own terms for the same thing. Why is everything in KDE “k” this or “k” this? I don’t want to use root commands. That became antiquated when DOS was replaced with graphical interface for people like me. Gos seemed the most like what I am looking for.
    Linux has all of these people working on improving Linux, yet they would rather spend time working on frills like 3D. Now come on, which mainstream computer users are going to learn what it takes to use Linux? I think someone in the Linux community should provide a no cost os that I would feel comfortable in putting on my old computer.
    If anyone sees this, I am sure they will nickpick me to death as is done on all of the comment sections I have ever read. They will say I’m stupid or there is already what I am looking for available. I am really trying folks, so don’t belittle me, please.

  13. Ashfame says:

    Linux provides more security than windows. So user needs to be a little technical in approach. For basic users it offers GUI but real power of linux is felt in CUI. Its good and preferred by a lot of developers

  14. Tyo Anjing says:

    you stupid indian … we only need Windows XP, that’s all we need. long live microsoft.

  15. jonny rocket says:

    i love compiz on my ubuntu 8.10 distro. leaves MS in the dust.

  16. ghjhj says:

    This article would’ve been useful if at least you would have instructed the readers on how to get compiz, instead of showing off thumbs that you copy pasted from somewhere. And what the fuck is a “CUI”, Mr. Assfame, I think you suck!

  17. Paulo says:

    Those effects look fine and dandy, if they work, unfortunately the xorg. drivers are always a step or two behind the hardware, like my Radeon hd 4830, and don’t even mention the useless ati drivers.

  18. anthony says:

    FoxH

    I guess some people want frills. Or else why come up with windows flip when alt tab worked fine?

    Why change menus and put up silly little icons on special bars, can’t people read menus…eye candy.

    So if a computer is just for work, we all probably only need 2 or 3 applications. Wordperfect, Lotus 123, DB4, a text browser, netsend for email would probably cover it. Break out the 8088’s.

  19. Mozambick says:

    I never used windows so cant compare unix/linux with it.. but i really love umix

  20. kmashr says:

    First off I am not a geek. But I have been using, selling as service (check my website) and promoting GNU/Linux for almost 10 yrs now. It sure has been no bed of roses I assure you. But it has come a long way as illustrated by the screen grabs shown. What a lot of people don’t know is what GNU/Linux is all about. It is by people, for the people and of the people. Therefore it is free to the people to do what they want with it. And the results are there for all to see.
    Multitude of distributions. Anybody can take it and make it do what they want. No limits on that. But there are limits on taking away that freedom. Welcome to the brave GNU world.