Aug 022008
 


Avant Window Navigator (Awn) is a dock-like bar which sits at the bottom of the screen. It has support for launchers, task lists, and third party applets. The dock at the bottom of the screen gives a nice apple Mac like look for your openSUSE. There are a lot of Themes Plugins and Applets that can be added onto the dock.

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Jul 272008
 


Compiz is a compositing window manager that uses 3D graphics acceleration via OpenGL. It provides various new graphical effects and features on any desktop environment, including Gnome and KDE. Compiz Fusion is a collection of plugins and a configuration system for the Compiz compositing window manager. It was created from the remerging of Beryl into Compiz.

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Jul 272008
 


Now, that we have installed and enabled Desktop Effects (Compiz) in our openSUSE, how do we use it?

Compiz Fusion / Desktop Effects enables a bunch of plugins by default and one of them is the Desktop Cube. The Destop Cube shows the multiple workspace on your desktop as a Desktop Cube. Imagine your Desktop as your cube and each side of the cube is a workspace in your multiple worlspace desktop and thats exactly is a desktop cube. This cube can also be unfolded and shown as a strip of slides where each slide is a desktop workspace.

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Jul 272008
 


We saw here to setup the nVidia drivers to use AIGLX rendering for Compiz Fusion. However, nVIDIA has its own native nvidia rendering engine which is supported on driver versions 1.0-9625 or later.

In openSUSE 11.0, composite is enabled by default. However, to confirm Compisite is enabled,

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Jul 262008
 


In openSUSE 11.0, AiGLX with Compsite is enabled by default. So, if you prefer to use AIGLX rendering as against the XGL rendering engine then all you need is to install the appropriate drivers for your ATI graphics card.

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