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WIndows 7 "snap" and "live previews" effects for Linux

WIndows 7 "snap" and "live previews" effects for Linux

I really like the Windows 7 "snap" effect. That is, when you drag a window to either side of the screen, it resizes the window to be half the desktop size.

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Guest [Entry]

"This describes how to set up compiz with windows previews, but they don't work when the window is minimized.

Enable compiz:

Go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance
Click on the Visual Effects tab
Click the ""Normal"" radio button (I think it's called normal -- whatever the setting between None and Lots is).

Install compizconfig-settings manager:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Enable Window Previews:

System -> Preferences -> Compizconfig Settings Manager
Find Extras section
Check Window Previews
If it says you need to enable other plugins to make it work, say yes.

I don't know how to do the snap effect..

EDIT: This describes a way to make Compiz do something Aero-snap-like. According to this:

Two caveats apply to this trick, though. One is that you seem to lose the ability to drag windows horizontally into your next workspace. The other is that, depending on how you set it up, a dual monitor setup might not give properly sized windows.

Another update: GNOME 3 supports window snapping out-of-the-box. It doesn’t have a taskbar though, so there's no possibility for window previews."
Guest [Entry]

You can get the snap functionality by following the instructions here: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2009/11/aero-snap-ubuntu-linux.html