Enable low-resource compositing on ubuntu

April 4, 2010

install xcompmgr and transset:
sudo apt-get install xcompmgr transset

now add xcompmgr to the startup items:
System > Preferences > Startup Applications > Add

name: Compositing Manager
Command: xcompmgr -c -f -F
Comment: Shiny!

Log out and log back in again.

You now have shiny effects enabled. You can set transparency per window:
transset 0.7
Then click the window you want to set to this opacity value.

you can automate this by creating launchers on your desktop or in a gnome panel, to make a window transparent or opaque. For instance, i have a launcher for transparent (transset 0.5) and a launcher for opaque (transset 1)

Done 🙂



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