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    Default Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    Installing Compiz Fusion in Backtrack.
    Now this is a wierd thing to do and useless too but I tought that some who use BT as a main OS would get borred and want to add a little graphic.

    First of all let's grab all that we need:


    Code:
    root@bt:~#apt-get install compiz compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported emerald simple-ccsm fusion-icon
    Now go to backtrack menu -> system -> compiz fusion
    You should see the icon in the toolbar, right click on it and select "Reload Window Manager".


    Adding compiz to startup:

    Go to /etc/ and edit the file called "rc.local". And just add the files you installed to it, like this:



    Code:
    #!/bin/sh -e
    #
    # rc.local
    #
    # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
    # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
    # value on error.
    #
    # In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
    # bits.
    #
    # By default this script does nothing.
    
    compiz
    compiz-fusion-plugins-extra
    compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported
    emerald
    simple-ccsm
    fusion-icon
    
    exit 0


    Now open a terminal and type in

    Code:
    chmod u+x /etc/rc.local
    and you're done, reboot and enjoy.
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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    Quote Originally Posted by sickness View Post
    Installing Compiz Fusion in Backtrack.
    Now this is a wierd thing to do and useless too but I tought that some who use BT as a main OS would get borred and want to add a little graphic.
    Sickness, that´s sick! No, not at all. To be honest, I´ve been seriously considering to switch to BackTrack as my main OS. Currently by BT is running as second (pentesting)-boot option within GRUB. Flicking through the board hasn´t revealed to me much about how BackTrack compares to a "regular" Linux system (except for the stuff on DistroWatch). Even then I wonder why BackTrack hasn´t been counted to the "Major Distributions" (yet). so if there are any users here that have been using a major UNIX-Distro for years and finally completely switched over, don´t be shy to share your experiences! As for now, I´m somewhat hanging in an open loop.

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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    Well ) I have Backtrack as my Main OS from the first day it came out (BT4). And it's awsome so have something like compiz and other stuff when you don't have anything to do.
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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    Quote Originally Posted by sickness View Post
    I have Backtrack as my Main OS from the first day it came out (BT4). And it's awsome so have something like compiz and other stuff when you don't have anything to do.
    In other words, Compiz Fusion with all it´s glossy stuff and geeky screen moving and window flicking is a MUST for everyone using LINUX (and I´m talking from the middle of my heart here).

    Back 2 topic: As i have BackTrack running as a second boot option I pretty much know where the differences in handling are. Even though I´ve been working for a long time with pretty much everything big that´s out there I´m wondering if there are there are actually "limitations" in comparison the "major" Distros and if so, what they might be.

    To make it short: I´m looking for some good reasoning to clear my mind about switching. Your response might be "YOU are the only one who knows the differences for your purpose between the systems", but somehow I can´t quite figure it out. If I did, I wouldn´t have asked in the first place...

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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    Backtrack is a pentest distribution, it's never going to be more than that (i think) so if you want to chat with friends, listen to music, watch movies, edit pictures/videos and other you woun't need bt. So unless you do pentesting a lot ... stick to some other Linux as main OS
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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    For begginers, I think there is an advantage to having BT as your only OS on a box.
    It forces you to do everything in BT, following some How to, videos or researching BT related endeavors, helping you to become comfortable with the distro and it's tools.

    If you are an experienced pentester, than it might not be as relevant to have it installed as a main OS.

    Also, I like threads about "Pimp my Box", software of course.
    It can help make your BT use an enjoyable process by personalizing the system.

    Does Compiz have the transparent system monitor widget that I see on many desktop screenshots?

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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    Quote Originally Posted by JellyBelly View Post
    For begginers, I think there is an advantage to having BT as your only OS on a box. It forces you to do everything in BT, following some How to, videos or researching BT related endeavors, helping you to become comfortable with the distro and it's tools.

    If you are an experienced pentester, than it might not be as relevant to have it installed as a main OS.
    Good point, JellyBelly. I´d still encourage everyone being new to Linux to use one of the bigger distros out there to learn basic commands and how to compile and install stuff. Of course, if one feels like wanting to dive right into it, we´re always here to support people.

    Quote Originally Posted by JellyBelly View Post
    Also, I like threads about "Pimp my Box", software of course.
    It can help make your BT use an enjoyable process by personalizing the system
    You bet! is compiz fusion the only "pimp my Box"-software you´ve got installed?
    To everyone reading this: I´d appreciate some add-on recommendations.

    Quote Originally Posted by JellyBelly View Post
    Does Compiz have the transparent system monitor widget that I see on many desktop screenshots?
    If you´d post the name/screenshot of the monitoring widget, I´d be able to tell you.

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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    It has all widgets included
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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    Im pretty sure he is referring to conky or gkrellm, both of which are system monitors and can be made transparent. Neither of these have any thing to do with compiz and they are both available in the repos.

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    Default Re: Installing Compiz and Emerald in Backtrack.

    Quote Originally Posted by JellyBelly View Post
    If you are an experienced pentester, than it might not be as relevant to have it installed as a main OS.
    Hm.. this seems to be a good occation to ask: purehate, is BackTrack the only OS you´re using? If not, what´s your personal configuration? I´d love to hear how you´ve set up your system. And out of pure interest, is THIS BEAST (loving the fourth pic) you´ve build still active? Which system runs on it?

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