Use unofficial guides at your own risk!

Recently, a lot of problems have been caused for Ubuntu users by using this guide.

Do yourself a favor. Don’t use it. It features 3 main problems

  • It installs to /usr, overwriting previous Compiz Fusion default installations
  • It really just goes to the effort of installing the version of compiz already installed from source – something completely necessary.
  • It will break all configuration applications because it launches Compiz with the gconf backend and not the ccp backend.

It goes without saying, if you want to install Compiz Fusion, please use an official guide.

Thankyou

SmSpillaz

6 thoughts on “Use unofficial guides at your own risk!

  1. there is no guide for Ubuntu, the “guide” for Ubuntu just links to an official Ubuntu help page regarding Composite Managers. There is a link to a Compiz Fusion installation tutorial featuring the experimental repo from amaranth, but it was for Ubuntu 7.04 “feisty fawn”, doesn’t work for 7.10 “gutsy gibbon” and probably isn’t maintained since October.

    Thus, for Ubuntu users (which should be quite a lot) who don’t want to stick with the outdated & slightly buggy version of Compiz Fusion that was included in gusty, there is no official guide & no repo as far as I can see.

    Concerning the other distributions, the links for Fedora & Gentoo are dead / leading to an error page. The others seem fine, don’t know about the versions though.

  2. 1. Quoting from the original post:

    “It really just goes to the effort of installing the version of compiz already installed from source – something completely necessary.”

    Is doing something “completely necessary” a fault??🙂

    2. The information at:

    http://wiki.compiz-fusion.org/Distributions

    Does not constitute a guide in the same way that this page is a guide (albeit a problematic one):

    http://phorolinux.com/how-to-install-compiz-fusion-060-from-sources-on-ubuntu-710-gutsy-gibbon.html

    The page on the compiz-fusion wiki basically says “be careful and use your distribution’s packages”. That’s pretty much the status quo.

    3. This is for zeco. The packages in Gutsy Gibbon may be outdated but I have not felt the urge to upgrade. At any rate, here is how I would attempt it:

    a. Examine whether the compiz and compiz-related packages from Hardy will install on Gutsy without having to pull in too much extra stuff. If they can be installed, then install those. If not, move to plan b. (This is something I’ve done before: I’ve used a Gutsy kernel in Feisty and I’m now using a Hardy kernel in Gutsy.)

    b. Take the source for compiz and compiz-related packages from Hardy and attempt to build my own packages in Gutsy. If I’m lucky, it will compile without problem. If I’m not as lucky, there may be some trivial errors that I can fix easily. If they can be built, then install those. If not, move to plan c. (This is something I’ve done before: I’ve compiled Gutsy packages in Feisty before Gutsy was released.)

    c. Wait for the official release of Hardy.

    Plan c could be much more involved. I could download the compiz sources from the compiz site, etc, etc but if there are problems such that plan a and b don’t work, the problems are probably more troublesome than I want do deal with. Also, going with the compiz sources from the compiz site loses any customization that the Ubuntu developers include in compiz when they package it for Ubuntu. Sometimes that customization can be purely aesthetic but sometimes they make significant changes to integrate the software to the rest of Ubuntu. I don’t want things to start failing mysteriously because some customization is missing.

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