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    Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    Hello all, looking into desktop customization, currently using Gnome fallback as I can't stand unity. There are a few effects in compiz I really like, but overall it gobbles too much ram, so is it possible to enable some like it in metacity, or some other light-weight alternative?

    In particular I am interested in multiple desktops, desktop grid and snapping windows (able to make a window take exactly half of a virtual desktop using hotkeys/dragging to the right edge)
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    Compiz is compiz, by selecting just a few effects, makes compiz run faster, but still it is what it is, Compiz ! Hee Hee made a funny ! Metacity has a composting effect kind of an echo if you will, when icons are selected and windows open or close, you can also have multiple desktops in metacity, but it will just switch desktops, there is an app called Brightside, That will switch desktops wth a sliding effect, but I am not sure if it will do what you want, having half of an open winow hang in to an other desktop. so really, it is ether, or, but not both, cant have your cake and eat it too ! or may be you can !
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    Any alternatives to metacity or compiz, kindof a nice medium?
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    Well there is E17, Enlightenment, that has heavy composting, and if you want more effects like compiz you can add ecomorph to it, by installing E17 with this ppa https://launchpad.net/%7Emerlwiz79/+...17-svn/+index#
    add it to your source list then
    sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install e17
    then open synaptic, search e17 add all of the components except the one
    that says "all" and the one that wants to install conman and remove network manager
    or Cinnamon has some onboard effects !
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon

    log out and choose the new desktop and tweak away !
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    How is that on resource use? I am trying to avoid huge hogs.
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    sorry, Double post
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    Umm, I hope thats a posting error on your part, as its the exact same. Could you answer my earlier question?
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    Sorry about that, my net connection is similar to a piece of string and two tin cans ! Sometimes I cant tell what is going on ! any hoo, I find E17 has a bit of a learning curve, but really good on the resources, I have it on an old IBM X600 Laptop and have no issue, Cinnamon has an effects,and 2D option, both are very good, also google how to make compiz run faster, there are some tips and tricks that might be helpfull !
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    E17 has low system requirements but the PPA posted has been inactive for over a year and there are more up to date PPAS . The XFCE Session has compositing which includes some eye candy. To Install XFCE Session: This is not the same as the Xubuntu desktop

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    sudo apt-get install xfwm4
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    Re: Certain compiz effects in metacity - possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogs Hair View Post
    E17 has low system requirements but the PPA posted has been inactive for over a year and there are more up to date PPAS . The XFCE Session has compositing which includes some eye candy. To Install XFCE Session: This is not the same as the Xubuntu desktop

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xfwm4
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xfce-goodies
    Ok, sounds nice, but does it have the particular effects I was looking for? Sorry if I sound like a broken record, but I'm pretty ignorant in this particular area. I will, however, have a google about the choices you have given. Thanks for the input.

    [EDIT]Um, all the info I turn up on xfce links it with xubuntu, could you please explain the distinction?
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