Tip to speeden up Metacity in GNOME

Am now trying to make my GNOME as functional as possible rather than making it decorative. So far I’ve disabled Compiz-Fusion, keep the default optimized theme on, reduced the menus into showing only what I need and now I’m attempting to stop GNOME’s minimize and maximize effects.

I noticed that minimizing windows in GNOME (No Compiz-Fusion enabled) had this silly style of showing a black border closing down.

Something like this, when captured in action:

Its not much I know but being Linux, it had to be flexible enough to get that minor distraction removed too. And since it was a minimize-effect, it had to relate to Metacity, the default Window Border manager in GNOME.

After a little searching in the Configuration Editor (gconf-editor), I found the key which not only disabled this tiny effect but also produced a whole new effect called ‘Wireframes’. I can’t capture them as a screen-shot for unknown reasons but this new thing also shows the scale of the Window, just like Compiz-Fusion’s scale plug-in, only without it!

Try it by following the below:

1: Press ALT+F2 and type “gconf-editor” without quotes.
2: In the dialog box that appears, expand the apps tree and under it, the metacity tree and under the it, open the general folder. (i.e. Navigate to Apps / Metacity / General).
3: Select the key called – “Reduced Resources”.
4: You’re done! Try Min/Max a window and then try Moving it around to see Wireframes in action.

Ahh, long time since an over-hyped post! 😛

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Harsh, also known to some as 'Qwerty' or 'QwertyManiac' online, is a Customer Operations Engineer at Cloudera, Inc.. Harsh is a fan of trance and electronic music, distributed systems and GUI programming, and loves to troubleshoot and hack on code in his free time. Formerly a KDE committer, he now is a committer on the Apache Hadoop and Apache Oozie projects and is a great fan of all Open Source Software.

9 thoughts on “Tip to speeden up Metacity in GNOME”

  1. You can get rid of those ugly wireframes easily … 😉

    In gconf-editor go to “desktop/gnome/interface/accessibility” and check it.

  2. /apps/desktop/gnome/interface/enable_animations

    disable that instead, and you will keep the window’s contents when dragging them.

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