You've just installed Ubuntu 6.10 and now you want some of those latest eye candy effects on your desktop? You came to the right place. I will teach you in this guide how to setup some of the nicest desktop effects you ever saw. If you don't know what Beryl is and what kind of desktop effects it provides, please click on the following link:http://news.softpedia.com/news/Beryl-Showcase-42386.shtml
First of all, make sure you have the latest video driver installed for your graphics card, be it either nVidia, ATI or Intel. If you don't know how to install nVidia and ATI drivers, please click on the link below for a quick and simple guide:http://news.softpedia.com/news/Install-Nvidia-and-ATI-video-drivers-on-Ubuntu-Edgy-44388.shtml
If you are sure you have the latest video drivers for your graphics card, with 3D/OpenGL support enabled, then we can proceed with the Beryl installation. Let's set up the Beryl repository:
Open up a terminal and paste the following code:
wget http://firstname.lastname@example.org -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Then go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources, on the Third Party tab, click on Add and paste the following line:
deb http://ubuntu.beryl-project.org edgy main
After you've added the code above, click the "Close" button. It will ask you to reload the information about available software, so click on the "Reload" button and wait until the window disappears.
Now on a terminal, type the following lines, one by one:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install beryl emerald-themes
During the installation process, you'll be asked if you want to continue, just type Y.
After Beryl has been installed, type the following command in order to start Beryl:
You may not like to start Beryl from the command-line every time you power up your computer, so go to System -> Preferences -> Sessions, on the Startup Programs tab, click the Add button and enter the above command (beryl-manager
) and click OK.
That's all, now you can enjoy the ultimate desktop effects on your Ubuntu Edgy Linux.