Compiz 3D Desktop Binary Package for Solaris Express
By moinakg on Apr 18, 2007
Well I have finally got around to building binary packages and an install script to easily get the Compiz floss installed on OpenSolaris. I spent a day installing Compiz on various machines and testing my scripts and making a few people happy in the process. One person is itching to show off his all singin' all dancin' SX installation on a Compaq Presario to his friends bragging about Beryl on OpenSuSE.
I have been looking at the Beryl crashes and several core dumps are showing similar stacks so I am getting closer to figuring the problem. A stable Beryl would be really nice, though Compiz is a little lighter and faster than Beryl.
Anyways here are the instructions on how to get Compiz on your Nvidia display card equipped box:
- First off you \*need\* an Nvidia 3D accelerated card, either a GeForce or Quadro. If you do not have an Nvidia display card you are out of luck :-|
- Secondly you need at least Solaris Express Build 60. It should also work on Builds 61 and 62.
- Thirdly you must be using JDS. This Compiz build has only been tested with JDS.
- Grab the latest Nvidia Solaris Driver and install it from here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
- Grab the Compiz + Xorg additional stuff package tarball from here: http://www.genunix.org/distributions/belenix_site/binfiles/compiz-pkgs.tar.gz
- Extract the tarball and cd into the compiz-pkgs directory.
- Run the installer script as root user: ./install
- Logout and login again as the normal user. Nothing new happens.
- Now add some basic Compiz configurations by executing: /usr/bin/add-compiz
- Now start Compiz by executing the following in a terminal window:
- gtk-window-decorator --replace & compiz --replace gconf &
- Now if you like the Jazz you can make Compiz the default by adding the commands to the auto-start list:
- Go to Gnome Menu -> Preferences -> Sessions
- Click on "Startup Programs"
- Click on "Add" and add the command: gtk-window-decorator --replace
- Click on "Add" again and add the command: compiz --replace gconf
Now you are all set to enjoy Compiz. Here are some basic usage tips:
- Gnome Menu -> Preferences -> Compiz Settings Manager allows you to tweak the settings and enable/disable plugins. Keep in mind that the "Annotate" plugin can cause some heartburn.
- Ctrl + Alt + Mouse Drag on Desktop rotates the Cube
- Mouse wheel on Titlebar shades/unshades windows
- Ctrl + Right Click zooms the display. Mouse wheel or Enter will un-zoom.
- Alt + Mouse Wheel on a Window adjusts the Window Transparency
- Jerking Mouse Pointer to Top Right desktop corner gets you the Expose effect
- Ctrl + Alt + Up Arror also gets you the Expose effect
- Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow gives a panoramic view of all the desktops
- You can drag a Window from one cube surface to another
- Every Gnome desktop has it's own independent cube
- Shift + F9 toggles a Raindrop effect on the screen
- Shift+F10 toggles slow motion