Well, I’ve finally managed to get desktop effects (Compiz) working on Ubuntu Gutsy! I’ve been having problems for a while – I’m not sure why, could be a number of things… each time I tried to enable the desktop effects, it just came up with a message about not being able to enable them! Enabling the proprietary ATI drivers made no difference (I have an ATI Radeon x300). Anyway, I managed to get it working by following the manual installation instructions on this page.
Yay! Now my desktop has cool effects, a bit like Mac OS X or Windows Vista. I know it’s just eye candy, but… eye candy is good 🙂 As Apple say, “the interface is the application”.