One of the great things about Linux is that if you don’t like something, you have the power to change it. You can add features, or remove them to suit your needs. One of the cool features that has been added to modern distributions is the OpenGL compositing manager called Compiz. A lot of distributions come with Compiz as standard, but some don’t. If it does and you have no need for it you can remove or tweak features and functionality it provides. Personally I’m not a fan of every feature or all of the flashiness, so sometimes I tweak it. Follow the jump for more information.
Luckily, Compiz Config Settings Manager also known as CCSM is a nice little configuration tool that can help you configure, tweak, turn off features or just play around.
Depending on your distribution it may be called a few things, I normally search the repositories via command line for the following:
You could also do a generic search and use grep to narrow down the results for the exact package name:
owen@thelinuxblog ~# apt-cache search compiz | grep config
compizconfig-settings-manager - Compizconfig Settings Manager
compizconfig-backend-gconf - Compiz Fusion configuration system - gconf backend
compizconfig-backend-kconfig - Compiz Fusion configuration system - kconfig backend
Once installed by your distributions package manager, or if you have the heart, compiled by source you can simply run it.
You’ll be presented with some dialog boxes where you can tweak settings until your heart is content. Some systems like Ubuntu have settings that if you change will break things, but it is pretty easy to figure out. If you don’t like the changes, you can always switch back or revert by using profiles. Have a poke around, and start messing with it. You’ll be surprised at what it can accomplish.