Monday, September 23, 2013

Fedora 19 MATE - emerald-themes , Desktop Cube Effects with compiz

Compiz effects doesn't work in Gnome Shell and Cinnamon desktops.

yum -y groupinstall "Cinnamon Desktop"
echo "exec /usr/bin/gnome-session-cinnamon" >> ~/.xinitrc

yum -y groupinstall "MATE Desktop" 
echo "exec /usr/bin/mate-session" >> ~/.xinitrc

sudo yum install compiz compiz-mate fusion-icon
sudo yum install compiz-plugins-main compiz-plugins-extra compiz-plugins-unsupported emerald-themes emerald-themes-extra
gsettings set org.mate.session.required-components windowmanager compiz-mate-emerald

MATE is the continuation of Gnome 2, so if you’ve used Gnome 2 (or are still using a very old distribution to keep it), then MATE will seem extremely familiar. There may be a few applications with different names (Nautilus is called Nemo in MATE), but otherwise everything should be the same. The use of GTK3 is minimal if at all, so you won’t be able to benefit from any of those advancements. But it’s a great desktop environment if you were completely happy with the way things were and just want continued bug fixes.

If you want to take advantage of the Gnome 3/GTK3 backbone without having to deal with Gnome Shell or Unity, then your best choice is Cinnamon. For a handful of people who still want to stay in the Gnome track and yet use the latest software, this may be their best choice. It lets people still use GTK3 themes as well as Gnome 3′s Control Center, but the desktop is very similar to that of Windows/KDE in that there is a single panel along the bottom of the screen, and a Start Menu-like button at the bottom left corner.
The Cinnamon project was created by the team behind Linux Mint, continuing their mission to fix what they believe are usability issues in Ubuntu. While Cinnamon is the default desktop environment for Linux Mint (with MATE available as well), both Cinnamon and MATE should be available for a large number of other distributions.

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