This new release doesn't include many new visible changes in term of plugins
or configuration tools. See release notes for
compiz fusion for details.
But new packages have been added to the bundle :
- fusion-icon : It's a little app that sites in the gnome panel tray that
allow you to easily change window manager and window decorator. Also allows
to access the various configurations tools. - emerald : It's a custom window decorator. More details can be found
Once the install and configuration is finished you can start compiz via
Applications>System Tools>Compiz Fusion Icon. This will start start compiz
and add a compiz fusion icon in the tray area of the panel
You can then select which window manager and which window decorator you want
to use easily.
NOTE : I found this app a buggy. So you can still use the start-compiz and
stop-compiz command line tool. also note that you need /usr/sbin in your path to
run fusion-icon. (update 9/11/07 I've ported fusion-icon to solaris all features are working as expected now)
you can also change window decorator from the command line when compiz is running by using either gtk-window-decorator
--replace or emerald --replace.
just download the install
script and run it. It will : - check you have the right hardware - remove the previous version of compiz installed on the machine - install the new packages - modify you X server configuration file
then logout and back in JDS and click on the "Run Compiz 3D deskop" icon.
To enable and changes plugins behavior run preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager or ccsm from the command line.
If you have problems with the install script you can also just extract the solaris packages from the script by supplying the -x argument.
Notes: I didn't have access to any intel machine running Opensolaris b70 locally in Grenoble. So I'm not promising the xorg.conf modifications will work out of the box. email me if you have problems, I'll rev up my install script :)
If you had compiz 0.5.0 installed on your machine previously you'll need to reset the gconf settings for each user. you the following command as the user : gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz otherwise compiz is likely to fail as plugin names and settings have changed.
How do I use it ?
Here are few tips : - workspace expo mode : move the mouse at the top left corner of the screen - expo mode : move the mouse at the top right corner of the screen - cube : ctrl + alt : + mouse button 1 for the spinning cube with reflection + left or right arrow to which workspace + down arrow for workspace expo mode - switcher : Diamond (or windows key) + Tab to which window - water ripple : shift + F9 to start and stop - snow : Diamond (or windows key) + F3 to start and stop - fire paint (!!) : shift + Diamond (or windows key) + mouse button 1 to start shift + Diamond (or windows key) + c to clean up
More generally to figure out the keybindings for each plugin run CompizConfig Settings Manager and check the Actions tab.
Where are the sources, how do I compile it ?
The spec files sources can be found as usual in spec-file-extra. The compile order is the following : SFEsed SFEcompiz SFElibcompizconfig SFEcompizconfig-gconf SFEcompizconfig-python SFElibsexy SFEsexy-python SFEccsm SFEcompiz-bcop SFEgetopt SFEcompiz-fusion-main SFEcompiz-fusion-extra SFEcompiz-fusion-unsup This will create the 21 packages required ;)
Thanks to Chris Wang, Compiz's extra plugins are available
on solaris x86.
Note : you may experience some weird
behaviours, even crashes with these third party plugins are not all well tested.
burn transition effect from the animation plugin
To install the packages on Solaris x86 you have 3 options :
1) Use the following
install script to install compiz and the extra plugin all in one go. 2) Download only the extra plugins as precompiled packages for solaris x86 and install them with pkgadd (useful is
you already have compiz installed). 3) Compile the package yourself from the
spec-file-extra repository. The package name is SFEcompiz-extra.
See my previous
for instructions on how to run compiz.
The extra-plugins packages contain around 20 compiz plugins. The plugins enabled
by default are :
- Animation. It provides a lot of funky transition effects between different window
states (creation, minimize, destroy, etc).
- Ring. I provides an alternate 3D circular
task switcher. Use the keyboard shortcut Mod4+tab (Mod4 = diamond key on Sun's keyboard) to see it.
- Thumbnail. It provides a live thumbnail of the minimized apps in the taskbar.
- Trailfocus. opacify and make translucent non focused windows.
You can enable and play with the other plugins via the compiz settings manager
(gnome menu->preferences->Compiz Settings Manager).