Customizing Debian for the best Linux desktop

  • Episode 223
  • December 27, 2011

Robbie and Eric demonstrate how to use Compiz to spice up the default Debian installation, allowing for a very fast and customizable Linux desktop.

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This episode is sponsored in part by: Liquid Image, Garden Gate Farms, Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario. Rachel Xu makes a surprise appearance ... as a Vulcan.
  • The co-host computer exploded 15 minutes before the show.
  • Viewer Postcard.
  • Strange observance: The postal system gets a post card from Germany to Barrie faster than from Barrie to Bracebridge.
  • Eric's Christmas do.
  • Robbie's new Mountain Dulcimer.
  • Greetings to Dennis Kelley's wife.
  • Viewer Question: How should I best use my external hard drive for music and movies on my Linux system?
  • Thoughts to contemplate about the speed of external hard drives (why you wouldn't mount it as your Linux home folder).
  • Viewer Question: How do I get Netflix running on Linux? Do I have to install a virtual machine with Windows?
  • Rachel Xu shows up and starts dancing like a Vulcan.
  • Top stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • Feature: Customizing Debian Linux with Compiz to give you a custom Linux desktop.
  • Using Synaptic Package Manager to install the Compiz packages we'll need to customize our Debian Linux desktop with effects and beautification.
  • Loading Compiz on Debian.
  • Using CompizConfig Settings Manager to enable animations and more.
  • Configuring specific animations for your Debian desktop.
  • Eric's Question: Is Compiz using a lot of processor power?
  • Enabling and configuring the desktop cube effect in Debian Linux.
  • Virtual desktops: the ultimate boss key.
  • How to fix it if you're unable to move windows after enabling Compiz on Debian.
  • Fixing the missing titlebar in Compiz with the Window Decoration plugin.
  • How to enable the cool Desktop Zoom features of Compiz.
  • Viewer Question: Is there a distro that is good for young kids?
  • Viewer Question: Does Compiz work in Gnome Classic?
  • The 3D Windows plugin for Compiz adds a cool effect to your Desktop Cube.
  • Making your desktop a gradient in Debian without an image.
  • Using the Expo plugin on Compiz allows you to see all desktops at once and move applications among virtual desktops.
  • Using the Wobbly Windows plugin to give you [you guessed it] wobbly windows on Compiz.
  • Using to pick a random number.
  • Eric's son bought an iMac.
  • Viruses, antivirus, and the Mac.
  • Viewer Comment: Run your Mac as a user, not administrator.
  • Viewer Comment: There are trojans for Mac, but not "viruses" per se.
  • Viewer Question: Do you have any suggestions for speeding up read/write access to a NAS device?
  • Viewer Question: Would green drives slow down my NAS?


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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Eric Kidd


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