Beryl 0.2.0 / 0.2.0-svn

Do not attempt to run Beryl until after you have installed the NVIDIA Linux Drivers.

For Beryl to work, you must also run all of the commands shown in the Extreme Functionality section of the NVIDIA Linux Drivers page.

Automatic Installation

Automatic installation based on custom YaST Installation Sources.

This is the simplest way, although the download operation has been failing for me lately.

After adding the YaST Installation Sources you will be able to download, use and install Beryl 0.2.0 or 0.2.0-svn (snapshot).

Open YaST Software Manager and search for "beryl" (no quotes).  Make sure to check "Description" and "RPM Provides" when searching.

If you want Beryl 0.2.0 (stable), only check the items that DO NOT have "-snapshot" in their names.

If you want Beryl SVN (unstable), only check the items that DO have "-snapshot" in their names.

If this method fails, follow the instructions for manual installation.

Manual Installation

You only need to do this if the automatic installation method fails.

Pick your poison:

Beryl 0.2.0 (Stable) -or- Beryl 0.2.0-svn (Unstable)

Beryl 0.2.0-svn locks up my computer when I try to spin the cube, so I have to use the stable version.  You may have better luck.  These packages and the scripts make it very easy to switch between versions, so definitely try the SVN version if you want to.

Right click and extract the package you downloaded, then go in to the folder that was created during extraction.

Example:

/home/sgt-d/downloads/beryl-0.2.0 or /home/sgt-d/downloads/beryl-0.2.0-svn

Copy the scripts (beryl-xxx-install, beryl-xxx-uninstall and beryl-load --- "xxx" will either be "020" or "svn") to your ~/bin folder, eg:  /home/sgt-d/bin.

From the Beryl 0.2.0 Readme...

beryl-020-install and beryl-020-uninstall must be edited to match the exact path to your extracted beryl rpm's, eg:  /home/sgt-d/downloads/beryl-0.2.0.

beryl-020-install and beryl-020-uninstall must be run as root.  open a terminal, type su (enter), then use the beryl-020-install and beryl-020-uninstall commands.

after installation, run beryl-load.

From the Beryl 0.2.0-svn Readme...

beryl-svn-install and beryl-svn-uninstall must be edited to match the exact path to your extracted beryl rpm's, eg:  /home/sgt-d/downloads/beryl-0.2.0-svn.

beryl-svn-install and beryl-svn-uninstall must be run as root.  open a terminal, type su (enter), then use the beryl-svn-install and beryl-svn-uninstall commands.

after installation, run beryl-load.

Beryl Testing & Settings

Hold in Ctrl+Alt and left click the mouse and drag it a little.  If you see your desktop start to move or take the shape of a cube, Beryl is working.

If it locks up on you, it probably means that you attempted to use the SVN package and it's not working for you either.

To see all of the visual effects, you will need to set Beryl as your desktop manager and Emerald as your window decorator.

Select Beryl Settings Manager to adjust all of the Beryl settings.  There are litterally TONS of settings here.  Take your time and experiment.

To set a backdrop like clouds behind the cube while you spin it...  at the top click "Desktop" and on the left click "Desktop Cube", then click on the "Skydome" tab.  Check the "Skydome" and "Animate Skydome" options, then browse to the image you want to use.

I am using Clouds.jpg currently, you can browse more here.

The "Caps" tab allows you to change the images on the top and bottom of the cube.

Check both "transparency" options on the "Transparency" tab to make the cube transparent.  I have mine set to 50% when rotating and 100% when not rotating.

On the "Visual Effects" page (button at top), check the "3D Effects" option in the left panel.  All windows will now "pop out" off of the surface of the desktop whenever you rotate your cube.  The more windows you have, the farther they pop out.

Spend time reading the shortcuts mentioned on all of the "Shortcuts" tab...  I will try to document some of them later.

Select Emerald Theme Manager to adjust your window decorations.

Enjoy!