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So I've started using compiz, it seems cool but all my windows now have a red outline which I don't like/don't know how to change. Here's a screenshot of it, can anyone tell me how to put it back to the normal browny/orange color?
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You're running Emerald, the crappy unsupported decorator. You want to first remove all things Emerald (apt-get remove emerald), and start using gtk-window-decorator, which emulates the behavior of Metacity and draws your "standard" decorations.

(to change Emerald themes, you use the Emerald Theme Manager under System -> Preferences, but Emerald is still buggy and unsupported and we're [ok, b0le is] working on a new decorator called "Jasper" that does some pretty cool things already but is not ready for a public release)
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Thank you, sorted it out. But ran into another problem, for some reason 3d apps flicker when I've got compiz on but don't when its disabled, anyone got a solution for that?
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Right now, there is none. It's a general problem with how compositing works. While OpenGL renders your 3d app, it also renders your entire desktop, so there's flickering. The "fix" to this is called "redirected direct rendering", where instead of rendering to your screen, OpenGL renders, with your graphics hardware, to a texture. Nvidia drivers already do this. The FOSS community has it implemented with DRI2 - the next incarnation of the direct rendering framework.
To get an idea of when you'll be able to cash in on it, what kind of card do you have? Intel already has it implemented in a secondary branch of the drivers (it crashes often, though), support in the OSS ATI drivers won't come for a while. No clue what plans are for ATI's frglx drivers or however you spell that (XGL does it with software rendering, but it's slooow).
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That's good to know, thanks

I have a question relevant to this. I find Emerald works fine, I never make my own themes though. However, at time I find my window borders disappear, and I have to run emerald --replace & Is this just a random thing?
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The reason Emerald isn't support any more is that it's unstable. It crashes considerably more than the other two (gtk- and kde-window-decorator), though I will say a lot less than the development build of Jasper which doesn't handle a bunch of stuff and tends to crash on anything remotely problematic.
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