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Install Compiz and Emerald in Xubuntu 11.10

Xfce is becoming popular as more and more people are migrating away from Gnome-Shell and Unity. As Xfce is desktop environment which is developed for high performance and low-end systems, so Xfce doesn’t include Compiz. If you want to migrate to Xubuntu and don’t want to miss eyecandy provided by Compiz than you can follow this tutorial.

First you have to install Compiz, Compiz Settings Manager and Gnome Themes, to do so open terminal and paste following command

sudo apt-get install compiz compiz-plugins-extra compiz-plugins-main compizconfig-settings-manager gnome-themes

Than you have to install Emerald but Ubuntu Repository packages of Emerald are not working, so you have to download libemeraldengine and Emerald.

libemeraldengine 32bit 64bit

Emerald 32bit 64bit


After installing Compiz and Emerald go to

Menu> Settings> Settings Manager> Session and Startup> Application Autostart

and add Compiz and Emerald in autostart applications list

name: compiz
command: compiz –replace ccp

name: emerald
command: emerald –replace

After adding Emerald and Compiz make sure that under

Menu> Settings> Settings Manager> Session and Startup> General

Automatically save session on logout is unchecked.

That’s it, now you have working Compiz and Emerald under Xfce environment. If you have any problems than try to clean /*username*/.cache/sessions.

  • Warren

    Many thanks mate!
    Worked like a charm, painless install.

    Well done.

  • Sweet!

    Perfect! now just thumbnails for .cbz and .cbr and bingo! perfect system. Loving it more than gnome!

  • Hugh Henderson

    The 32bit Emerald .deb file is showing a 404. Please fix it. I’d love to use it. Thank you.

    • Delta

      it is working

  • Okosbokosh

    I followed every step, but it doesn’t work. It’s like I didn’t do anything at all.

    • http://it-diary.com/ Rizwan Asif

      You may not have configured compiz and emerald. Go to compiz settings manager and configure it to your liking, for emerald set themes through emerald theme manager

  • http://twitter.com/opensource_dev landry

    Thank you so much ! It works great on my xubuntu 12.04.

  • Twister

    Hi there.
    I get a error when i try install saying the gnome-themes has no installation candidate! The compiz and all its bits works fine though, any ideas?