Compiz – Debian ; Up and running!

This is just a plain simple way to have Compiz installed on your system ( i use Debian Etch ).

install compiz:

$ sudo apt-get install compiz

now edit the xorg.conf file: /etc/X11/xorg.conf, add the following lines at the bottom
Section “Extensions”
Option “Composite” “Enable”
EndSection

create a .xinitrc in your home directoy i.e. ~/.xinitrc with following lines:
#!/bin/sh
gnome-terminal &
exec compiz

Now, kill your current X server session by pressing Ctrl-Alt-BackSpace .

login onto a ( virtual ) terminal using your username and password, then just fire the following command:

$ startx

And here you go! All the nice effects of wobble etc. at your desk and a terminal window on your screen.

this is really a light way, without putting too much of memory on useless applications running along with GNOME/KDE.

Whatever you really need to use, just start from the terminal.

References:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=131267
http://xwinman.org/basics.php

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