Cairo Composite Manager: an alternative to Compiz and Xcompmgr

Cairo Composite Manager is a lightweight composition manager that uses Cairo for rendering, allowing you to create a large number of effects on the desktop, from shadows and transparencies, to more complex animations. It is especially useful for customizing the desktop using graphics cards no 3D acceleration.

Like Xcompmgr, Cairo Composite Manager does not completely replace a window manager, as it only provides a platform for desktop effects. However, being light, it becomes an excellent option for lovers of minimalist, fast and light desks.


Ubuntu 11.10

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: shnatsel / staging
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cairo-compmgr

Ubuntu 12.04

Unfortunately there are no packages for this version of Ubuntu yet. Must download source code and compile it.


yum install cairo-compmgr

Arch Linux

pacman -S cairo-compmgr

Source: EMS Linux

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  1.   Let's use Linux said

    Thanks for the data! Paul.

  2.   makinamon said

    ppa: shnatsel / staging already has the packages for precise 12.04

  3.   Guizans said

    It's true, in Fedora there is no such package.

  4.   Diego_go said

    In fedora does it exist? because it tells me that it is not found.