Compiz works with KDE 4.8!

After waiting what felt like forever, compiz now works again for me with KDE 4.8. (That is to say, it works on Kubuntu 12.04 pangolin current build.)  At least, one of the major bugs (this is the one I filed, after complaining about it here) is fixed, which makes the compiz/KDE combination usable again.  I haven’t tested if some of the panels still do bizarre things like become permanent overlays on the screen, but I’ll get to those later.

In any case, I’m happy enough to be able to use KDE and compiz together again.  You know, I think I’m starting to like Pangolin… and it’s still on the first alpha!

10 thoughts on “Compiz works with KDE 4.8!

  1. I’ve been trying to use it with the current Kubuntu upgraded to KDE 4.8, as well as with Linux Mint with Kubuntu 4.8 installed and running, but in both cases the behaviour is very strange: the start menu appears at the top and it’s only partially responsive, some windows have some strange behaviour too. I’ve got all the packages and kde integration turned on in ccsm. When I switch back to kwin, everything’s OK again. So I believe compiz is not expected to run properly in the current Ubuntu and derivatives, even with KDE 4.8 installed. But it’s good to hear it’s working in 12.04. There’s something to look forward to. :)

    • Ah, I’m pretty sure that Kubuntu 11.10 is completely borked as far as compiz is concerned. I had way too many problems with it to even begin guessing which packages you’d need to upgrade to make it work. But yeah, 12.04 has been pretty stable for me so far, thanks to it being an LTS release, and that’s despite it being an early alpha stage.

  2. Hi there,

    could you please help in how to enable compiz with kde window decoration enabled? i tried to enable compiz but doesnt have the kde4 window decoration. How to enable this?

    thank you… :)

    • That really depends on what version you have running. If you’re running the bleeding edge of 12.04, then your only hope at the moment is to download emerald from source and compile it (there are plenty of instructions online how to do that), and then go into the compiz settings manager and set the window decorations to use “/usr/bin/emerald –replace” (assuming your install is the same as mine.)

      If you’re using 11.10 or otherwise, you can use the kde4-window-decorations in the same way (if my memory serves me well as to the exact name). Sometime last month, all of the window decorators seem to have been removed, leaving me with no other option but to use emerald.

      If you need more information than that, you’ll have to be more specific as to what you’re running and why things aren’t working for you.

      Good luck!

  3. It’s not that good for me .. Installed compiz from repos and compiled emerald from source . It starts ok (no nags) , but strange things are happening , like can not use some effects (especially effects defined in kde desktop effects ) . Some issues were fixed after I rebooted , but then I got another one while using Kickoff to launch applications (keyboard was not working on search and could not select anything else except what is available in Favorites) … Hope there will be less problems in the future …

    • I’m sorry to hear that – as of today, (April 5th, 2012), the only thing that isn’t working for me is the control key, which is being rendered as “primary” in Compiz Config Settings Manager. That, however, is the only bug of which I’m aware – and I understand that there is already a fix for it in, which is the next compiz milestone. Then again, I’m using it with KDE on 12.04 – and you haven’t specified which platform you’re using – so your millage may vary, of course.

      • I am using Kubuntu 12.04 beta 2 . I also have this “primary” key problem at ccsm .. My compiz version is . I am gonna give it a try again when i get some free time .. Do you have Desktop effects enabled in kde (this should not be a problem , just trying to investigate the strange behavior I get) …

        • I do have desktop effects enabled: rotate cube, wobbly windows, ring and shift window switches, etc. All of them are working properly, with the exception of the key bindings.

          The version you have ( is for compiz, but the fix is in for libcompizconfig, which is currently sitting at I don’t know when it’ll be released, but I see a few more open tickets for that milestone. I can only hope that they release it soon.

          • After today’s update , it works better than before , with the exception of Kickoff , which is still not working (described above) …

          • I’m glad to hear that! Still a ways to go, but it is getting better again. Of course, I’d still maintain that KDE + Compiz hit its high point in 10.04…

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