Ubuntu Edgy Beryl installation

This step by step tutorial explains how a user can install Beryl on Ubuntu Edgy. Beryl is a fork of the Compiz desktop window manager. It is an openGL accelerated desktop that allows the Linux user to attain awesome breathtaking special 3D effects with their personal desktop environment. The desktop effects are reminiscent to that of Windows Vista but were established long before Vista’s arrival. Beryl uses a graphical user interface and is easy to navigate.

Beryl Ubuntu Cube

Ubuntu Beryl Cube Screenshot


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How to Install Beryl on Ubuntu

Open a terminal and type sudo su (type password when prompted)

Type or copy the following commands one section at a time:

sudo su

echo -e “\n## Beryl repository\ndeb http://ubuntu.beryl-project.org/ edgy main” >> /etc/apt/sources.list

wget http://ubuntu.beryl-project.org/root@lupine.me.uk.gpg -O- | apt-key add –

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

apt-get install beryl emerald emerald-themes

Type gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and edit the following

Add these options to the “Section Device” section

Option “AllowGLXWithComposite” “true”

Option “TripleBuffer” “true”

Option “AddARGBGLXVisuals” “true”

Change the Depth in the “Section Screen” section from 16 to 24

Default Depth 24

Save the file, then press ctrl+alt+backspace to restart X server

Now you can start Beryl via the menu under Applications -> System Tools ->Beryl Manager

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