Friday, November 16, 2007

Gutsy Gibbon for Adults

I'm building a clean VM of Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" and thought I'd remove the fancy Compiz window manager. I then discovered the previous version was running one called MetaCity and looked into reenabling that. Uninstalling Compiz isn't enough - you have to do the following to enable MetaCity, otherwise you get some weird effects.

So, from :

As root (sudo gedit), modify: /usr/share/gnome/default.session and change

0,RestartCommand=gnome-wm --sm-client-id default0


0,RestartCommand=gnome-wm --default-wm /usr/bin/metacity --sm-client-id default0


moonlite1 said...

That's overkill. Just set desktop effects to "None" under System => Preferences => Appearance and ubuntu will run metacity instead.

Magpie said...

I'm too much of a Linux newbie to doubt you, but why does uninstalling Compiz while "Desktop Effects: None" is selected leave me without any Window Manager ? (it should leave me with MetaCity which is still installed)