Monday, March 30, 2009

Spinning Cube On Ubuntu

A few days ago I saw one of my friend show me a spinning cube with classy MacOSX like dock bar and many other effects on his IBM T41 Laptop with Ubuntu Linux installed. Then I went home and loaded latest ubuntu on my IBM ThinkCenter M50 Desktop, and googled the internet. Finally I figured out the solution to enable/install/use the cool spinning cube!!!

You can find the completion Guide from

And here I just list the simply steps to get Compiz installed and run:

  1. Go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance, and select Visual Effects tab and click on Extra. You may be prompted to install restricted drivers and if so, please click Yes, if not: you will have a few effects enabled by default.

  2. Install CompizConfig Settings Manager. Just open a terminal windows and type the following command:

    sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager

  3. Then go to System -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager and enable Desktop Cube, Rotate Cube and Cube Reflection and Deformation. You can also select other settings as you wish.

  4. Go to General Options, on the last tab Desktop Size, set the Horizontal Virtual Size to 4. And now you will have a spinning cube. See this:

    To trigger it, press Ctrl + Alt + LeftClick or Ctrl + Alt + LeftButton on the mouse and drag to spin it.

    You may also use Ctrl + Alt + DownArrow to unfold it and then LeftArrow/RightArrow to move around the unfolded cube.

  5. Now you can go back to CompizConfig Settings Manager to try some other cool effects.

Although the spinning cube is cool, but Compare iPC OSx86 which running on my Dell Desktop, I will still prefer OSx86, because it's real of Mac OS.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

iPC OSx86 running on IBM NetVista 8307

Update on 20-May-2009:

Donot upgrade Mac OSx86 10.5.6 to version 10.5.7 on your IBM Netvista 8307, it will kill your Mac.

You can try it but you should make sure you had image backup for your original system 10.5.6.


Since I am running iPC OSx86 on my Dell Dimension 1100 machine. And my friend also likes it and want to install it on his IBM NetVista 8307. Because I gained lots of experiences for the installation on my Dell, so today I managed to install iPC Mac OSx86 (Leopard) on IBM NetVista 8307 successfully with one try only:

  • Intel® Celeron P4 2.8GHz

  • 1 GB SDRAM (Suggest to have at least 512MB)

  • 40GB IDE Hard Disk Drive

  • IDE DVD-ROM Drive

  • Video: Integrated Intel® Extreme Graphics

  • Audio: Integrated SoundMax Audio (AC97 Compliant)

  • Network: Integrated Intel Pro/1000MT Ethernet

Almost same options should be selected as Dell Demension 1100, but some are different, please refer to the following list:

  1. iPC OSx86 10.5.6 Base System

  2. Kernels: 9.5.0 Voodoo Kernel

  3. Video Drivers -> AGPGart 2.7.1

  4. Audio Drivers -> AC97 Audio

  5. Chipset Drivers -> LegacyAppleIntelPIIXATA drivers

  6. USB Drivers -> PCGenUSBEHCL Drivers

  7. Fixes and patched:

    Seatbelt.kext 10.5.5

    PS/2 Keyboard fix

    ApleSMBIOS ToH

    IOUSBMassStorage Fix

    Finder 10.5.5 + Keyboard.prefPane

    USB Mount Fix

And that's it! Enjoy and have Fun!

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