Customise SUSE Style K-Menu/KDE Desktop Effects

Hi, I’ve got a couple of small queries here.

When I had Gnome installed I could set some desktop effects such as floppy windows and a 3D desktop cube, however I had to use KDE because otherwise the resolution wouldn’t set. I’ve looked around but have not found a similar option, is it possible to get those effects under KDE?

I prefer using the SUSE style instead of KDE in the K-menu, but I’d like to be able to customise which applications are shown as I’m very unlikely to ever use some of them. I’ve looked in Configure - KDE Panel but can not find anywhere to modify it when in the SUSE style. Is it possible to change which items are shown within the menu?

My version of OpenSUSE is 10.2 with KDE.

very easy to edit the kmenu, in control centre there is amenu editor…forget where abouts it is but not hard to find, if you get stuck tomorrow when i can get to my laptop i will find it for you. for desktop effects you need to install compiz fusion, it’s a little more tricky than with gnome.

with menu editor you can easily add and delete which menus/programs you have, you can rename them etc.
compiz is not too hard to install, but you need to enable compositing by editing your xorg.conf file, if you need any help, just ask.

hope this helps a bit.

Thanks very much for your help :slight_smile:

In Control Centre -> Desktop -> Panels -> Menus I found the KDE Menu Editor, which seems to do the trick, thanks.

About the Desktop Effects, I have compiz installed according to Yast but I couldn’t find anything relating to compiz fusion.

I’m too sure how to go about enabling compositing, and installing compiz fusion, it’d be great if you good explain. Thanks again for your help.

try doing a search for compiz-fusion in yast should do the trick
or try this link Compiz Fusion - openSUSE

How do I enable compositing in the Xorg.conf file?

I searched for compiz-fusion in Yast but it couldn’t find anything. Do I need to add another installation source?

Thanks for your help so far.

ok, glad the menu editor worked for you, to enable compositing then open a console window and type:

kdesu kwrite /etc/X11/xorg.conf and at the bottom enter the following:

Section “Extensions”
Option “Composite” “Enable”

if compiz installed properly then it should be in your kmenu somewhere… i think it is kmenu>utilities>desktop? i used to have compiz a while ago… i can’t remember it all sorry.

hope this helps, if not post back


If you just want basic desktop effects without compiz you can enable them and then under advanced options choose Xrender as your method.

is that kde 3.4 (or 3.5, i can’t remember which is default for 10.2) or kde 4, though?

Sorry…I should have mentioned…kde4.

Brilliant! I’ve got the basic desktop effects working now; cascading windows, ripples, and 3D cube (no wobbly windows though). I can’t find compiz in the k-menu, but I’ve found a way to turn the effects on and off in Control Centre -> KDE Components -> Session Manager -> Prefered Window Manager. Thank you very much thestig, you’ve been a great help.

I still can’t find compiz-fusion in Yast, is there somewhere I need to look? Which repository is it in?

compiz won’t be in yast, though you can change window manager to it in the sysconfig editor of course, but seems like you have done this via control centre. odd that compiz is not in kmenu…it should be. i can’t remember the command but press alt+f2 and type in compizconfig, or compizmanager, or compiz-config or compiz-manager…it’s one of those i think…that should bring up the main compiz screen where you can edit all your settings. glad to be of help of course… you could ‘rep’ me, add my reputation lol :stuck_out_tongue:

any more help just post…though i’m no compiz expert, glad to at least have sorted the basics out for you.

Yup, I’m just trying to get all the basics in place with OpenSUSE and Linux at the moment. Apart from my printer being incompatible with Linux, I’ve got almost all my previous Windows functionality. Except of course with added incredible Linux touches such as Yast, DigiKam, Konqueror, etc, all of which blew me away when I first realised what they could do (updating every single program installed at once comes to mind!)

I have compiz installed, however someone also mentioned something called compiz-fusion. A sort of add-on to compiz with more effects, do you know where I could get that? Also compositing does make my computer run a bit slower, how do I turn it off? Is it by changing the Xorg.conf file to say “off” instead of “enabled” in the added section?

Thanks again for your help.

not sure about turning compositing off, as it’s enable, then possibly disable, but of course deleting the final section from xorg.conf would do the trick. yes it does eat more RAM up, my xorg was using over 200MB with compiz installed in kde 3.5.9, yet under kd4 with no compiz it’s less than 100MB, but i have 2gb RAM so no biggie. no problem for the help. maybe someone here may get your printer working??

didn’t know there was a difference, when people said compiz i thought they meant compiz fusion, but anyway i have just done a search for compiz fusion for suse 10.2 and can’t find it here Webpin which is odd, maybe it’s not available for 10.2, since there are many more packages under the search for 10.3… i don’t know, sorry.

hope this helps.


The only way to get Compiz Fusion running on 10.2 is by building from source, which I highly recommend you don’t do. The reason the 10.2 XGL repository is not available to install from is because the latest package requirements are not available on 10.2, so the build target was removed. Technically, you may be able to download the 10.3/11.0 RPMs and install them manually but you’ll probably get dependancy errors flying everywhere. Again, please do not attempt this; I’m just saying this to clarify as to why you can’t find Compiz-Fusion for 10.2.

About your printer… what’s the make and model? You might find a driver at OpenPrinting - The Linux Foundation Of course, if it’s a HP printer then just install “hplip-hpijs”.