Include compizconfig-settings-manager by default

Bug #237743 reported by DanielRoesler
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
compizconfig-settings-manager (Baltix)
ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Lucid by Serious

Bug Description

Compiz-Fusion is getting to be an enormously powerful desktop effects platform. Unfortunately, new Ubuntu users can only experience two preset levels of the compositing manager. This can be easily remedied by installing the compizconfig-settings-manager (CCSM), which shows up as "Advanced Desktop Effects Settings" in the System>Preferences menu. It also creates a "Custom" button in the System>Preferences>Appearance>Visual Effects tab.

I propose to make the CCSM installed by default, so users can customize their desktop effects easily during LiveCD mode or initially after a clean install.

There are several reasons for this:

1) Gain easy customization of Compiz-Fusion. The main reason many causal users switch to Ubuntu is because they see the awesome visual effects (wobbly windows, desktop cube, etc.). However, by default the Desktop Cube exists as a plugin, but you easily can't enable it without the CCSM. The plugins are already there, users just need the GUI to enable them.

2) Customizing desktop effects could be done in LiveCD mode. This would be enormously helpful for small demonstrations. You would be able to just pop in the LiveCD and show off some great desktop effects. No internet connection or lengthy repository update and install needed. (Yes, I know this might be slow, but LiveCDs are easily converted to LiveUSBs, which may make custom desktop effects feasible)

2) Users could customize desktop effects without a connection to the internet. Users would have instant access to customizable desktop effects upon a new install. This is also useful for demonstration purposes as a lecturer can show how easy it is to jump from MS Windows (dull) .... to .... 3D WOBBLY WINDOWS ON A CUBE (woot!). Once again, no internet connection needed.

Ubuntu Forums thread:
Launchpad Blueprint:

affects: compizconfig-settings-manager (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)
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Isaac (calculon) wrote :

Should really be a papercut, it affects everyone that I know of that has installed ubuntu. The packages for all the good effects are already there, it baffles me as to why the manager isn't.

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Rich Jones (richwjones) wrote :

I agree with this, but I understand why there would be arguments against it. It can be a confusing tool to use as not all the plugins work well with each other.

But, it's is an _awesome_ tool which makes the destkop highly customizable. I install this for everybody I recommend Ubuntu to.

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Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for bringing this bug to our attention. However, a paper cut should be a small usability issue, in the default Ubuntu 9.10 install, that affects many people and is quick and easy to fix. So this bug can't be addressed as part of this project.

- Adding a new package to the default install , is not a papercut.
For further information about papercuts criteria, please read

Don't worry though, this bug has been marked as "Invalid" only in the papercuts project.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Invalid
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Nathan Heafner (nathan1465-5) wrote :


is there a way to move this to another NON papercut bug section as i feel this is a valid bug that deserves attention.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
no longer affects: hundredpapercuts
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Bryan Quigley (bryanquigley) wrote :

Closing this old bug as we've moved on from compiz

Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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