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    12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    I have been working with Compiz and I decided to enable the Desktop Cube. I have used the Desktop Cube on previous versions of Ubuntu (pre-Unity) and have never since tried it again because of issues with my new laptop's Nvidia 540M graphcis card. However since I have 3D acceleration working with my Sandy Bridge Integrated Graphics in 12.04, I decided to try it again.

    First off, I have an issue when I rotate the cube (switching from workspace to workspace, using ctrl+(Left or Right) and when I use the cube "expose"). When I switch it shows the correct workspace, however for a split second after switching, it will flash the previous workspace that I was on.

    Secondly, I have chosen to make a 3x3 workspace arrangement so due to the fact that the cube feature only deals with the workspaces in that row, I have decided to make a cylindrical "cube". Although with this I have noticed the 3D window feature doesn't work properly. Often times I notice a window behaving like the 3D representation of the cube is actually a cube and not a cylinder. I will post a picture to better describe what I am experiencing here.

    Thank you for any help that can be offered!
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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    bump?
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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    The cube flashing problem is an old bug and has been discussed elsewhere in detail. Sadly there is no fix aside from downgrading to the Compiz packages found in Natty.
    http://sodnpoo.com/posts.xml/oneiric..._downgrade.xml

    Personally I just use the desktop wall instead. Less "flashy" in every sense of the word.

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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    Thank you for that information! I may just switch back to the Desktop Wall to avoid this bug and hope that it is fixed in the future. Desktop Cube wasn't a "must have" feature for me anyways.
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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    I get the same problems with a 4-side cube & cylinder.

    The cube and optional cylinder do make Linux more attractive to potential users.

    Additionally, I have found that ex-Windows users find multiple workspaces confusing and don't like them; but when I add the cube, they suddenly understand ("Ah-ha!") and can make use of the workspaces.

    So, although this is hardly a "must-have" feature, perhaps it is a "should-have" feature.

    Where should this be reported as a bug -- to Compiz or Unity developers?
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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    Many users of cube/rotate don't actually ever use the 'cube', more so to use rotate which needs something to rotate.
    Personally don't like wall because of use of 'Desktop based viewport switching', (scroll on Desktop), where wall is not as good as rotate.

    Anyway the flashing issue has been fixed but not yet released, it also caused flashing in Expo (workspace switcher

    The 3d windows plugin is nowhere near a supported plugin in compiz, so if using what you get is what you get

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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    Has anyone else experienced this particular peice of weirdness: Once I finally got the desktop cube up-and-running, I tried to carry it over to another desktop with Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Right. The cube rotated, the window came with it, but then the instant the cube finished rotating, the window "snapped back" to the desktop that it was previously on. Haven't been able to successfully carry windows from one desktop to another without dragging them, which is cumbersome to the point of being broken

    Edit: I notice that when I rotate, there's a little "blip" right when the cube comes to a rest where it flashes back to the contents of the cube face I started on. Seems like that might be related
    Last edited by DorianX; July 2nd, 2012 at 06:42 AM. Reason: additional info

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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by DorianX View Post
    Has anyone else experienced this particular peice of weirdness: Once I finally got the desktop cube up-and-running, I tried to carry it over to another desktop with Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Right. The cube rotated, the window came with it, but then the instant the cube finished rotating, the window "snapped back" to the desktop that it was previously on. Haven't been able to successfully carry windows from one desktop to another without dragging them, which is cumbersome to the point of being broken

    Edit: I notice that when I rotate, there's a little "blip" right when the cube comes to a rest where it flashes back to the contents of the cube face I started on. Seems like that might be related
    Old bug.
    You can try a compiz/proposed ppa which will fix.
    I am using at the moment with an nvidia card.
    See http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1996273

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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkeye View Post
    Old bug.
    You can try a compiz/proposed ppa which will fix.
    I am using at the moment with an nvidia card.
    See http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1996273
    Thanks. That cleared up my issue. I did notice that the CPU usage of compiz shot through the roof until I turned off some of the visual effects that defaulted on, but otherwise it's fairly smooth.

    Now I just have tofind a theme that's a little bit less aggressively ugly

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    Re: 12.04 Desktop Cube Compiz Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by DorianX View Post
    Thanks. That cleared up my issue. I did notice that the CPU usage of compiz shot through the roof until I turned off some of the visual effects that defaulted on, but otherwise it's fairly smooth.

    Now I just have tofind a theme that's a little bit less aggressively ugly
    I like this theme.Plain and unobtrusive.
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