Step by step instructions on how to write a Compiz plugin:
HOW TO build the Ubuntu Desktop
This tutorial assumes that you have already installed the Ubuntu Desktop dependencies and development tools mentioned in Part 3/5.
In this post I’ll explain what I usually do to build the Ubuntu Desktop in a local directory (let’s call it ubuntu) and test it on my machine. If you need a quick full build using a script (recommended!) please check these steps here: “HOWTO build the Ubuntu desktop using scripts”
First of all, I create the directory:
Compiz, Nux and Unity 7, the 3 main programs of the official Ubuntu Desktop Environment are written in C++. Their source code is stored in bazaar (bzr) repositories on Launchpad (http://launchpad.net). Nux uses an autotools based build system, whereas Unity and Compiz use cmake.
Some well known compiz plugins:
This is a short description of the current (Unity 7) Ubuntu Desktop structure.
To begin with, the Ubuntu desktop consists of three main programs (nux, compiz and unity) that interact with a fourth one: the well known X server.