I've used Lubuntu for years and felt happy with it. The OS is clear and fast. However, I really like the look of Elementary OS. One thing that stops me is that my computer is not a decent one. A Core 2 Duo might not be good enough for gaming when composite is enabled.

So, are there any ways to disable composite, effects and hot corners too? I would really appreciate.

  • I really like the look of Elementary OS ~ The look you like will thus be disabled. - eOS may be too heavy. Better add/replace some features in Lubuntu to make it more eOS-like. Take a look at Project eLubuntu (trying to give an Unity-eOS look to LXDE) and at a MacOS theme for Lubuntu that is not far from eOS look. - You can chose to install Plank instead of Cairo.
    – user170
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 10:43

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It's not possible to disable compositing in elementary OS. If you feel like you need to disable compositing, your computer is probably much too old to be running elementary OS.

Disabling animations could have some impact on performance.

You can disable window animations under System Settings > Universal Access > General. This includes the animations for opening, close, and resizing windows.

You can disable in-app animations through gsettings with the Terminal command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface enable-animations false

You can re-enable in-app animations by setting the key to true instead of false:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface enable-animations true

Bear in mind that in-app animations are not exposed in System Settings because it may cause undesirable behavior. Proceed at your own risk. Your mileage may vary.

  • What animations will this disable? Fading? Because It's really laggy. Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 10:39
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    @DanielForé using the command gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface enable-animations false makes the Applications menu stop showing up in Loki
    – rafael.js
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 0:03
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    @RjQuery whenever you use Terminal to do something, you're going under the hood and risk making modifications that cause breakage. If it worked perfectly and was safe to do in all cases, it would be an option in System Settings ;) Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 18:35

You can disable hot corners in the desktop menu of the system settings. To turn off at least some of the effects, you can use elementary tweaks, which will give you an additional panel in the system settings.

There you can disable animations.

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For instructions on how to install elementary tweaks see here: How to install elementary tweaks on Freya

  • So turning off composite is impossible? I mean like you can in Compiz, Metacity and lots more but not in Pantheon? Commented Feb 29, 2016 at 9:55
  • I'm not sure about that - I hope someone else will answer that part of the question :)
    – deesnook
    Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 19:19
  • @dattutbrus - the Tweaks have an option to disable animations.
    – user170
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 22:41

If you still want to use elementary but don't want to use gala (the window manager), you could install a lightweight window manager such as openbox or metacity, and manually run it (using --replace to ensure it replaces gala).

However, without compositing, Plank will not display correctly (not a show stopper, but probably not what you want).

  • Will replace gala disable the top panel thingy? Also will the window title bars work? It seems like openbox or metacity uses a different theme I guess. Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 7:50
  • @dattutbrus openbox uses a different theme. metacity uses it's own theme engine (some GTK+ theme suites still support it, others don't). Replacing gala with another window manager won't affect your panel, however. The panel is a separate process (wingpanel)
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 3:16
  • ah k. But there are round corners which needs composite anyway... Also the fading effects which also need Composite. Will it crash? Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 10:45
  • With Metacity, you can enable compositing on the CPU using dconf editor. For Openbox, install and run compton. Neither will crash.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 20:36
  • I mean like on a few DEs turning off composite glitches the whole thing. Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 5:21

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