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Beryl + Ubuntu = Beauty

Filed under: 3D Desktop, Beryl, Linux, Open Source, Ubuntu — Hogg @ 12:41 am

I finally go Beryl working this weekend. It took me hours and hours to figure it out. But, it’s not really that hard, so I’m going to share my findings with you to make it super easy.

BerylIf you’re not sure what I’m talking about, Beryl is a 3D desktop manager that can replace Metacity or other desktop managers in Linux (specifically Ubuntu in my case). Take a look at this video for a good idea of what it can do.

Without further ado, here’s what I did to get it to work. First of all, you need to know that I went the XGL route and not the AIGLX route. If you want to know what that means, Google it. Basically, XGL works with more video cards than AIGLX.

The first thing you need to do is enable 3D acceleration. To do that look here on the Ubuntu wiki under 3D Graphic Cards. You’ll need to know what type of video card you have.

Once you have seen direct rendering: Yes in your terminal, you’re ready for the next step: installing XGL. The Beryl wiki has a good section on installing XGL and Beryl at the same time. I did that and it didn’t work. So what I recommend is installing XGL first with the instructions on the Ubuntu Help site.

Once you have installed XGL and you’re logged on to GNOME in an XGL session, it’s time to install Beryl. The reason that I told you not to follow the official Beryl wiki is because it uses the latest version of Beryl (0.1.9999.1 as of today) which breaks Beryl on my machine. What I had to do was downgrade to version To do that, use the terminal code posted by junknode on the Beryl forums.

After that, you should be able to type beryl-manager in your terminal and enjoy all of the 3D goodness now at your fingertips.

I hope this helps at least somebody. Let me know if I told you something that doesn’t work or if you have a better way. Enjoy!

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  1. yeh beryl is awesome. Though I often get updates from Trevino s reps and it crashes my Beryl files quite often and I would have to uninstall the files from Synaptic and reinstall them all . Right now I am running beryl 0.2 + SVN

    Comment by Guillaumeb — 02.5.07 @ 4:02 am

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  4. hi
    very nice desktop 😀 all your efforts end up with this juicy desktop i want to have same. I have ubuntu live cd 6.06 LTS and have an acer laptop with following specs:
    model=aspire 1642znWlCi
    ram=512 mb
    intel graphics media accelator 64 mb in size 😦
    now tell me with these resources can i have desktop like urs.
    Najam Sikander Awan

    Comment by najam — 02.6.07 @ 4:37 am

  5. Najam,
    All I can tell you is that there is only one way to find out: try it. From what I have read, Beryl is supposed to work on older and lower-end machines, but I’ve only tried it on my own PC, so I honestly don’t know.

    But, if you do try it, let me know how it goes.

    Comment by Hogg — 02.7.07 @ 9:29 pm

  6. thanks hogg but i don’t have beryl live cd i have ubuntu and suse live cd’s and my sound card is not working under them. 😦
    its been years i always wanted to have fully functional system running linux but sometime modem don’t get detected some times lan don’t get configured and sound card the mighty one 😦 bring tears into my eyes.

    this is my sad story with linux as a newbie.

    Najam Sikander Awan

    Comment by Najam Sikander Awan — 02.9.07 @ 9:51 am

  7. hey i got simple effects in fedore core live 6 i believe its due to xgl cuz i have intel graphics card and i m dying to run beyrl so i was wonder if you right a little step by step tutorial for your readers :).
    Najam Sikander Awan

    Comment by Najam Sikander Awan — 02.12.07 @ 1:47 pm

  8. Yeah Beryl shure is pretty. But installing it isn’t hard. Just open up Synaptic and search for Beryl. That’s what I did. Simple as hell really.

    Comment by no entry — 06.6.07 @ 4:10 am

  9. I’ve had some problems with my config of ubuntu and beryl, first time i installed beryl it worked fine, but then later on the desktop wouldn’t rotate, all sounds have vanished and nothing works as it should, and i can’t configure my wireless lan =(

    Comment by Thamie — 06.25.07 @ 7:11 am

  10. is there any way to install beryl without internet connection, any deb installer?

    Comment by RP — 07.11.07 @ 3:18 am

  11. Nice 1 🙂 I use Compiz Fusion atm 🙂 but ur ‘s is nice too 🙂 Keep it up bro 😀

    Comment by Dark Star — 08.8.07 @ 10:45 am

  12. i have a pentium III@1000 Mhz mobile, ATI Radeon mobility with 16 MB video and 256 MB RAM- and beryl work`s fine… on 512MB RAM and 1700 Mhz and 64 MB will work verry well…but you have to configure xorg.conf. good luck.bye.

    Comment by joinme — 11.1.07 @ 3:36 am

  13. i’m very exited about intaling ubuntu and beryl!!!
    But i don’t know are there any games that will work on linux OS…I have plenty games and it will be a shame not to play them just because that cool desktop looks…
    Can someone tell me will the games like crysis work on LINUX???

    Comment by Saint_policeman — 01.10.08 @ 6:18 am

  14. how can I download linux ubuntu beryl

    Comment by jonathan — 04.18.08 @ 7:04 pm

  15. Saint_policeman
    Do you have windows?
    if you do then why dont you just run windows with linux unbuntu?
    then you will get both the cool effects and your place to play games 😛
    just one question i have

    does beryl make linux crash alot or something?

    Comment by Eric Grave — 11.12.08 @ 7:27 am

  16. ^^ Dude you’re an idiot….an emulated OS is only as stable as the OS emulating it. So by running linux from windowsn you might just as well run windows from windows.

    Comment by AH — 11.12.08 @ 11:35 am

  17. Hi, when i try to install XGL … sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl <– command
    i get this:
    brandon@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl
    i try to type anything into password: and it wont let me enter any letters.

    Comment by Brandon — 02.9.09 @ 2:25 pm

    • It’s typing but it hides the letters for your privacy. Just type the administrator password (generally the one you used to login, provided your account has admin rights and hit enter, if you screw up, just hit backspace a whole bunch of times and try again.

      Comment by Peachtree — 10.25.09 @ 11:09 am

  18. My first post! 🙂

    Comment by Zvezdoros — 09.30.11 @ 9:40 am

  19. Thx for information.

    Comment by Tyesha Luhrs — 05.16.12 @ 9:30 am

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