Tuesday, August 18, 2009

3 Steps To Turn-On Desktop Cube

In Ubuntu, by default, you cannot see the beauty of compiz desktop cube and desktop rotation. You must turn it on manually. Here are 3 steps to do it:
  1. Open Terminal and type: sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-managerThis is the GUI tool to easily manage the compiz configuration.
  2. Go to System->Preferences->CompizConfig Settings Manager. On the left panel, click General. On the right, click General Options. Go to Desktop Size tab and set Horizontal Virtual Size to 4 then click Back button on left panel.
  3. Now click Desktop on left panel. On the right, tick off Desktop Cube and Rotate Cube to enable them. Later, if you want to change the appearance of your cube, just enter the Desktop Cube menu. While if you want to change the rotation setting, enter the Rotate Cube menu.
Now you can try it. Push Ctrl+Alt buttons together then left-click any area on the screen and move your mouse. Wow...look at that. Cool hah?

But wait...if your desktop form is not a cube (cylinder or sphere) or if you want to change the form (or effects), follow these steps:
  1. On the left panel, click Effects. On the right, tick off and click Cube Reflection and Deformation.
  2. In Cube caps tab, you can change the appearance of top and bottom side of the cube.
  3. In Reflection tab, you can manage the background reflection while the cube is rotating
  4. And in Deformation tab, you can change the form of the cube to sphere or cylinder.
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