I’m a big fan of the Emerald window decorator for Compiz-Fusion. I customized one of the themes early on and have used it ever since. However, according to this SmSpillaz and Mackenzie, Emerald is no longer supported. That makes sense, because I’ve found it unstable in Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 LTS. Too bad, because it’s an excellent window decorator.
That means swapping back to GTK Window Decorator. I have done so and am now running through GTK+ themes. They uniformly seem to lack glassy window decoration that made Emerald so desirable. I’m bummed, but if anyone knows a fix or theme that does include decoration transparency, please leave a comment.
During this process, I downloaded a number of Gnome themes and icon sets from the Ubuntu repositories. I settled on a combination of the Nuvola theme base with Glossy controls, Nuvola-old window border, Nuvola icons, and the whiteglass pointer. I also used Ubuntu-Tweak to put the title bar controls on the left side so that I can start getting used to that. The net result:
Here’s what I learned in the process, though. If I swap from Emerald and Compiz to GTK Window Decorator and Metacity, then go back to Compiz, Compiz loses the bulk of its settings. Sigh.
Still looking for glass effects in GTK+.