Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Setting Up The Desktop Cube In Ubuntu 8.10

Setting up the Desktop Cube in Ubuntu 8.10 is very easy and quick. The cube is a very nice addition to your Ubuntu install and also is very cool and fun to show to your friends using Windows. So lets get this started.

First you will need to enable Extra in the Visual Effects settings. To do this you will need to right click on the Desktop > Change Desktop Background > Visual Effects tab. Then just click the circle that says Extra. Now just click close.

Extra Effects Enabled

You will now need to install the Compiz configuration settings manager. To do this you will need to open up the Synaptic Package Manager by navigating to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. Now type Compiz in the Quick Search bar. Then mark compizconfig-settings-manager for installation. After that just hit apply and it will now download and install the package.

Synaptic Package Manager

Now you will need to navigate to System > Preferences > Compizconfig Settings Manager. Now you will need to enable the Desktop Cube by putting a check in the little box by Desktop Cube. Then a little box will come up asking if you want to Disable the Desktop Wall and you click Disable Desktop Wall. While you are still in Compizconfig Settings Manager you will also want to put a check in Rotate Cube and Cube Reflection and Deformation. Now to add caps to the cube you will need to double click on Cube Reflection and Deformation.

Cube Reflection and Deformation Settings

Now you will need to click on Appearance and it will then drop down with some settings that you can change. To change the default caps you will need to click on New for the top and bottom caps and all you need to do is browse to a image that you would like to set as the top and bottom cap for your cube.

Appearance Settings Drop Down

Now if you would like to have something other than just the cube you can navigate to the Deformation tab and then from there you can select None, Cylinder, or Sphere from the drop down menu near the top of the window.

Deformation Settings

Now you are done setting up your Cube, Cylinder, or Sphere. There are many other settings that you can play around with but the ones I have shown here are just to get you started. Now to view your new effect you can either hold down Ctrl + Alt then click on the desktop or you can click on the desktop using the middle scroll button on your mouse if you have one. So now go have fun with you new settings and customize it to how you like it.

The Cube

The Cylinder

The Sphere


Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thanks for the nice tutorial.

NatE said...

Thanks for reading and I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

Merrill said...

Hey, this is exactly the explanation I was looking for...but,

When I attempt to rotate my cube I only get a rotation 2 dimensional square :(

I have an ati x550 radeon 3d card (its old), but I expect it should still work with the cube. What am I doing wrong?


Merrill said...


When I attempt to rotate my cube I only get a rotating 2 dimensional square :(

I have an ati x550 radeon 3d card (its old), but I expect it should still work with the cube. What am I doing wrong?


NatE said...

Hey Merrill thanks for the positive feedback and what you will need to do is change the amount of desktops that you have. so what you will want to do is look on the very bottom in the right corner and right click on the little squares and then a window will pop up and you will need to set it so that you have 4 little squares in 1 row in the bottom corner. I hope that this helps you out.

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Anonymous said...

Hey thanks so much for this. I too only had 2 flat sides that flipped, but now following these instructions have successfully made the cube! Awesome stuff! Great tutorial!

Arief WM said...

Thank you, Great !

Anonymous said...

Best explanation, thanks so much

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