Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The sad happy story of snow in Kubuntu Karmic

At first Windows-F3 key (aka Master-F3) didn't do anything

so i searched for a upto date compiz ppa

sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list.d/compiz.list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/compiz/ppa/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/compiz/ppa/ubuntu karmic main

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 42C24D89

install compiz related packages

sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-kde compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra emerald librsvg2-common compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported

Install fusion-icon
sudo apt-get install fusion-icon

a tray icon to enable compiz and it will disable kwin
and also you can enable Windows decorator to be Emerald not kde4

Select Compiz Configuration:
K menu -> Applications ->Settings -> CompizConfig Settings Manager

and enable Snow Effect

well you could install compiz-dev and compile from source but is 2a.m. and i want to sleep

I have debugged the issues with snow from console with
compiz-manager --replace and with ccsm from another console
Snow seems to be removed from Karmic and it gave an api missmatch that is why it didn't worked in the first place
Now it's not as simple as it was before but problem is solved


Flori said...

I am very glad that it was snowing for me finally, last night ...but I still have a problem when it starts to snow all windows are missing basic options like: maximize, minimize, close... and I can't drag them...

petrescs said...

Snow from compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported in https://launchpad.net/~compiz/+archive/ppa repository works fine for me on karmic (at least enabling the effect). Can't enable "snow over the windows" though.

Popa Adrian Marius said...

For Nura : it seems you need fusion-icon
to be installed on ubuntu jaunty for example
and (it's an small tray icon) where you can choose decorator kwin or compiz
I will check later

For Proenerg s.a: indeed it works well with version from ppa so no need for extra steps
Also for me it works for snowing over the windows in karmic