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  How to install compiz on Linux Mint 14 Nadia Mate edition:

1- install the followig packages:

- compizconfig-settings-manager
- fusion-icon
- compiz-plugins-extra
- libdecoration0-dev

2- In terminal run "compiz --replace" or run Compiz Fusion Icon and choose compiz as your window manager.

3- Go to Startup Applications click on add and in the name field write "compiz" and in the command field enter "compiz --replace"(without the punctuation) click on Add again then Close. This is to make compiz start automatically on next logins.

4- To stop that high CPU usage run in terminal “mateconf-editor”. When the editor opens go to /desktop/mate/session/required_components/windowmanager and replace "marco" with "compiz".

3- install "dconf-editor" by runnig in terminal:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Then press ALT + F2 and run: "dconf-editor", navigate to org > gnome > desktop > vm > preferences and change the "theme" value from "Adwaita" to any other installed theme you want. Remember this because in the same place you can also change the window button layout, among others.

4- Start the Compiz Configuration Settings Manager and check "Move Window" and "Move Window" and  any other functions you want to activate.      


5- To remove compiz with all related packages (dependencies) run in terminal:


sudo apt-get purge compiz compiz-plugins-main-default libcompizconfig0


Warning: Removing compiz also removes the packages unity & ubuntu-desktop.

Warning: Removing libcompizconfig0 also removes ubuntu-tweak.

Thus you will lose the ability to log into the unity or unity-2d desktops if you have them  installed on your Mint.

Note: if you uninstall compiz you have to prompt a terminal and run “mateconf-editor” and when the editor opens go to /desktop/mate/session/required_components/windowmanager and replace "compiz" with "marco".

Note: compiz has been forked for Mate a few months back. You can find it at with a complete tutorial as on how to install it !! Check it out It rocks!! :D

Tags: How to install compiz on Linux Mint 14 Nadia Mate edition
Created: 3 years ago.
Last edited: 3 years ago.
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3 years ago

compiz works just fine for me on mate and xfce4 as well !! (x64 , not able to test on 32bit)  
3 years ago

Note 1:
Mateconf-editor is no longer available in Mint 15 with Mate 1.6.
MateConf has been replaced with GSettings.
We can use dconfEditor or the following command in terminal:
sudo gsettings set org.mate.session.required-components windowmanager compiz
3 years ago

Note 2
Compiz has been forked for Mate, but only for x64 architecture.
3 years ago

I can tell you are using Linux Mint 14 Mate. If you need these animation addons you need to install LM 13 MATE because that package was simply removed from Ubuntu 12.10 repository check this You can check this as well it might help  
3 years ago

3 years ago

Try to logout by pressing CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE and change the sesion. If you can login into another desktop environment simply remove the packages you have installed. If this doesn't work, then try to prompt a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T then type sudo apt-get remove compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-plugins. Then reboot. If this doesn't do the job then boot into recovery mode then use the root terminal (go to "root") and remove compiz with the command I gave you. Reboot and you'll be fine!  
3 years ago

Following this tutorial, I just blew my beloved Mint to smithereens. I followed the instructions, rebooted, and what I ended up with is a blank screen, no menu, no nothing, except for one thing: The screen will flip obediently on the Ctrl-Alt-arrow command. But I can't do anything.
Brahim, this is your mess, please advice how to get my computer back. Or else I will have to wipe this partition clean. I can't do anything. ANYTHING! Can I even get a console?
This is written from my Windows partition, just to give you an idea of the misery I'm in right now.
Peace out!
3 years ago

work only 15 menutes or 30 then i get stuck i cant move anything please help me  
3 years ago

Yep, I have. I've also made sure that the Backend, in preferences is set to 'GSettings Configeration Backend'. But the menu and panel still disappear when I run compiz --replace. I still haven't found anything in the mateconf-editor about 'marco', the nearest thing to 'windowmanager' I can find is 'window_manager' in the '/schemas/desktop/mate/applications/window_manager' and '/desktop/mate/applications/window_manager' paths. I don't want to start changing things that I'm not sure of - think I'll give up on compiz for now. And thanks for answer my comment

3 years ago

Don't forget to check 'window decoration' in compizconfig-settings-manager under 'Effects' section!!  
3 years ago

Ok - I was wrong (sorry), you do get mateconf-editor via apt-get. But when I run compiz --replace I loose my menu bar. Also I don't have a path location '/desktop/mate/session' when I run mateconf-editor. This tutorial has caused me no end of head-aches.  
3 years ago

Tried this and got as far as run "mateconf-editor" - what does this mean? I have not got this editor. Tried to see if I could get it via software manager, and apt-get but couldn't find it. So what does it mean?  

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