To have Compiz disabled/uninstalled by default

Asked by phenest on 2008-04-12

Despite having the masses in the past begging to have Compiz installed and enabled by default, it appears the situation is reversing.

I, and many others, see no reason why Compiz needs to be activated by default in Ubuntu, as Ubuntu does not need eye-candy to be a great OS.

This thread, http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=736071 , sums it up.

Packages, such as Compiz, should not be activated by default. To please everyone, it simply needs to be installed so that people can easily turn it on or off. Eye-candy is not functional and in this case often causes severe stability problems, therefore it must be optional.

Ubuntu doesn't need compiz to convince people to use it, and the space dedicated to it on the install cd might be better used to accomodate another application, devede for example.

PS. Allmost all fullscreen opengl apps, including tons of games, google earth, full-screen video playback and many others, simply won't work correctly with compiz enabled, (almost) regardless of your hardware. This is a known problem with no known (easy) workaround(s) at this time. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS focuses on stability, something that's definitely not achieved by automatically turning compiz-fusion on.

Ubuntu doesn't need floating windows, it needs stability. With compiz on, it's like windows millenium: (almost) every complex (3d fullscreen) application refuses to run properly or simply doesn't run at all.

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2008-04-13
Liam Zwitser (noliamhere) said : #1

I agree. Remove the unstable junk, and definitely don't activate it by default. It sucks, period :(

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