On every desktop OS I use, I always turn off effects, even if they might be handled by the graphics card I use, that is simply my preference (avoiding clutter, eye candied effects), while I use the desktop for applications or work..http://www.techdrivein.com/2011/04/12-t ... g-new.html
Now to tweak Compiz desktop effects in Ubuntu, you need to install "compizconfig-settings-manager" package. Click Here OR simply copy paste the following command into Terminal to install "compizconfig-settings-manager".
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
Done. Compiz Config Settings Manager(CCSM) is significant as far as Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal is concerned. We will get to that later on
--see compiz setting options, that might help, assuming you can use it in Mint, check these forums: search for a better explanation..http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=846693post 6..and previous.
Since I don't use compiz (turn it completely off as possible), I can't say about definitions, but you should be absolutely clear in your mind what you mean by desktop/virtual, viewports etc..https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... bug/153322
There is confusion between "Virtual desktops" and "Viewports" in Compiz. Both use the workspace switcher applet, which behaves differently depending on the settings.
Virtual desktop and viewports can be set in the Compiz settings menu under General options, Desktop size. When "Number of desktops" is set to 1, the workspace switcher applet shows the number of viewports.