Lightweight Linux Desktop with Compiz

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You can have a full featured lightweight Linux Desktop by using Compiz as your Window Manager. With you also enjoy all the features that Gnome 2 has to offer, but don't want a load of unnecessary apps burning your memory and cpu, just install gnome-panel. That's it.

applications like Conky will not display correctly, plus you wont be able to
have access to all the eye candy features.

1- Open the terminal, enter (enter your password when prompt to):

sudo gedit /etc/share/xsessions/compizOS.desktop

2- Once gedit is open, enter, save and close:

[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Compiz OS Comment= Exec=/usr/bin/compizOS-session Type=Application

3- In the terminal, enter (enter your password when prompt to): sudo gedit /usr/bin/compizOS-session

Once gedit is open, enter, save and close:

#!/usr/bin/env bash gnome-session gnome-power-manager gnome-panel exec compiz

5- make /usr/bin/compizOS-session executable
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/compizOS-session

And here is a bonus:
You can save on your memory and cpu usage by using wpasupplicant by it self to connect to your wifi internet connection. No need for Network-Manager and nm-applet.


  1. Hey. How are you? I've been trying this out but no luck. I first did it on a Virtual Debian I use to work. The only thing I could do was to move the mouse. Everything came up but looks like an image. Don't know why. Then I tried on my personal laptop. Alienware M17x also with Debian. Compiz did not allow me to use any of it's features. Which means a very pour desktop... :S Any idea? BTW, did you ever completed the theme? It's very immpressive and I would love to try it out.

    Thanks and keep the hard work. You have very cool stuff here.

    1. Follow this tutorial to install Compiz properly:

    2. Hey, thanks for the reply.
      I did that already but is not working properly... I think it might be something to do with Compiz Config. I'll check it out later to see if I can make it work.
      How did you get the colors scheme? Through Compiz too?

    3. I was just watching your youtube video: "Lightweight Linux Desktop" and I can see that you have the same lines into .xinitrc that I do with the exception of "xsetroot". Maybe a Compiz config is missing? Did you installed it from the repos or source?

    4. Make sure .xinitrc is exacutable.

  2. Hi. I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 amd64 and i do all the steps in this post but nothing happen. After reboot will load the native unity! What wrong is i do? I'm sorry for my English!


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