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    Talking What flavor of Ubuntu does compiz work with the easiest? And the best?

    I'm reinstalling Ubuntu for the 2nd time in 3 days. I like the effects Compiz gives (like the desktop cube). And I like the old feel of the other Ubuntu "flavors" (KDE, Gnome and XFCE). I DETEST the "Unity" desktop.

    So, what does Compiz (Cube) work best and/or easiest with? I had KDE installed and Compiz worked AMAZINGLY well without any extra work (just downloaded with synaptic). Turned on the cube and BOOM!!! Worked great! But, KDE had other functional issues such as being flaky with Conky and not showing synaptic (had to run synaptic by running it from the command line). Hard to change the wallpaper. Many others.

    I installed Gnome and couldn't get the cube to work AT ALL. But, everything else worked PERFECTLY.

    XFCE was fast, but, again, trouble with the cube...

    Any one have an idea for me?

    Kevin

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    Re: What flavor of Ubuntu does compiz work with the easiest? And the best?

    Different desktop environments use different compositors/window managers to Compiz. I do not think that Gnome shell uses Compiz. I also think the same about Xfce and I am certain that KDE uses Kwin.
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    Re: What flavor of Ubuntu does compiz work with the easiest? And the best?

    The answer is the one you hate, unity.
    Second that, gnome-flashback with effects.

    Then again gnome-flashback isn't a flavor...
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    Re: What flavor of Ubuntu does compiz work with the easiest? And the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    The answer is the one you hate, unity.
    Second that, gnome-flashback with effects.

    Then again gnome-flashback isn't a flavor...
    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    Different desktop environments use different compositors/window managers to Compiz. I do not think that Gnome shell uses Compiz. I also think the same about Xfce and I am certain that KDE uses Kwin.

    Thanks. Guess things are a little different in the intervening years. Should have said compositing and effects(?). Love the cube effects, so I've gone back to KDE. Most everything works the way I want. Those things that don't will just require a little elbow grease.

    Thanks!!!

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    Re: What flavor of Ubuntu does compiz work with the easiest? And the best?

    I have several desltops, and I keep going back to KDE, and not just because of compiz.

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    Re: What flavor of Ubuntu does compiz work with the easiest? And the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldrocker99 View Post
    I have several desltops, and I keep going back to KDE, and not just because of compiz.

    Yeah, Same here. I went back to it, some for the effects, but also because it strikes me as better than ever. I had trouble getting things I like to work in KDE. However, I re-installed KDE and got everything I like working near perfectly.

    Didn't like KDE with v7.04 and a couple other versions, but it sure is great now!

    Thanks,

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    Re: What flavor of Ubuntu does compiz work with the easiest? And the best?

    Why use Compiz in Kubuntu when kwin can do everything it can? It does a desktop cube just fine without Compiz. Maybe you were having trouble with Conky in Kubuntu because you had both kin and compiz installed? Conky works fine here. Same with Synaptic. To change the wallpaper, right click on the desktop and go to desktop settings. Easy as pie.

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