windows & Ubuntu Effects, Which is Great?

there’s a lot’s of ways on how to customize your desktop especially if your using a Windows Operating system. one of the website that i really like is or even the

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which is really popular or their themes, widgets, icons, and even sounds scheme. so if your really into a serious customizing your desktop and want to change your boring windows look, take a look at the websites that i list, i will then later on post some of the Programs list on that given website, just for free guys, but did anyone of you ever try how to customized or even put some themes, icons effects, sounds shemes, widgets and more with you…Ehem!!! Linux Ubuntu System. linux has also a tons of effects offered just to express the real you. and im proud to say that some or mostly the effects in linux is you never see it in windows operating system. (that’s why i really love linux right now!) Windows also offered their Aero desktop compatibily starting when they build the Windows Vista,but since Vista is a really way up too software and hardware feeding frenzy type so some of the user say vista sucks! well including me, so enough of windows OS, back to linux Effects, There is one Program in linux and it’s called Compiz Fusion which is free and you only have to update your linux by it’s update manager, located in system/Administration//update manager, so what is does is update your current software then installed the Compiz Fusion but if not you can always download it in the software manager program, once installed you can now customize the way ,feel,  and look of your not other than Linux System, here’s the list of tutorials and effects that you can do with your linux system,

Songbird + Ubuntu + Compiz-Fusion
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Overview: This tutorial will introduce how to customize desktop in Ubuntu 10.04. Ubuntu 10.04 is the latest version of Ubuntu. To make your Ubuntu more beautiful and convenient to use, you can follow the tutorial below to make some changes. The following will offer you Ubuntu desktop customization tips from 7 parts. If you switch to Ubuntu on your computer, you should read this tutorial to make a better Ubuntu desktop.

How to Customize Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop

1. Install Java JRE, Flash player, etc

There is no Java JRE, Flash plug-in or some other restricted apps installed in Ubuntu 10.04 by default. However, they are in common used. You can install them by the “Ubuntu restricted extras package”. a. Go to Applications -> Ubuntu Software Center to Open Ubuntu Software Center. b. Search libdvdcss to install Ubuntu restricted extras package. c. Once finished installation, your browser will pass the Java test. You can just play your favorite Flash videos on YouTube, or other multimedia apps over the Internet on Ubuntu 10.04.Customize Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop - Ubuntu Software Center

2. How to play encrypted DVD videos

The default installation of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx desktop lacks the application Totem needs to play encrypted DVD (Totem is the installed movie player). This means that out of the box, you will not be able to play most commercial DVD videos on Ubuntu 10.04. But that’s is a minor issue because you only need to install two small applications (libdvdread4 and libdvdcss) to start playing your favorite DVDs. Libdvdcss is used by libdvdread to decrypt videos encrypted with the Content Scrambling System (CSS). To install these apps on Ubuntu 10.04, launch a shell terminal and type in the following commands: sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

Enable Compiz Fusion

Compiz Fusion is a 3D compositing window manager. It is installed by default, but the application to enable and manage it is not. If you have the requisite hardware for a 3D desktop, you will need to install CompizConfig to configure Compiz in Ubuntu 10.04. To do this, launch the Ubuntu Software Center from Applications >Ubuntu Software Center and do a search for “compiz.” Using the image below as a guide, install the CompizConfig package. After installation, you will find an entry for it in the menu �� System > Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager.Customize Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop - Enable Compiz Fusion

5. Tweak the screen saver and power saving options

By default, the Ubuntu desktop is configured to activate the screen saver and lock the screen after five minutes of inactivity, then put the display to sleep after thirty minutes. For home use, especially if you are the only person at home, this is not necessarily the best setting. To modify the default configuration, access the “Screensaver” utility from System > Preferences > Screensaver. The only two changes I like to make here are: Change the screensaver theme from “Blank screen” to “Random,” then uncheck “Lock screen when screensaver is active.” Note that if you use your computer in a public place, or you live with people you do not trust, it’s best to leave these settings unchanged. As a matter of fact, if you are in a public place and you need to step away from your computer for even a few seconds, activate the screensaver manually. If you want to modify the display’s power saving setting, click on the “Power Management” button.Customize Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop - Screen saver Clicking on the “Power Management” button brings up this window. You can also access it separately from System > Preferences > Power Management. By default, the display will “sleep” after thirty minutes of idleness. You can change to the other times options or to never. Your choice.

7. Modifying windows behavior when double-clicking on the title bar

Modify startup behaviors – I like to have my computer remember the applications that were open before I rebooted, shut it down, or logged out (this is not the same as startup applications). To make this happen, launch the “Startup Applications” utility from System > Preferences > Startup Applications, and click on the “Options” tab. The only option here is to check or enable “Automatically remember running applications when logging out.”

8. Install and enable Gufw

Gufw is the graphical interface to ufw, Ubuntu’s friendlier-than-IPTables firewall utility. By the time you are through making these simple changes, your Lucid Lynx desktop should be a better desktop operating system to use. and so that’s it, anytime that you did all of the tutorials here, your now ready to use your beautiful linux Distro. he he e. and of course there’s a lot’s of tutorial in the net including in most commonly Video uploading website,,,Youtube… See you next time. Blog you later


About marksalcedo

I.T. Technician, tech savvy, loves comedy film as well as horror films. loves any genre of music, im also a bedroom dj, tech enthusiast,

Posted on September 4, 2010, in Computer Technology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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