How To: Install and Configure Looking Glass 3D Desktop

I saw a video from Sun MicroSystems last year, in which they showed a demo version of a 3D desktop environment. It was really awesome and was the really 3D desktop environment. A lot of 3D desktop emulators are available currently like beryl, but they are not really 3D. Because one can’t go behind the windows, terminals etc. Believe me, Looking Glass 3D is far better than all vistas and beryls if only graphics are compared. Around two-three weeks when I was going through one of the tech magazines in library, I came across a topic which discussed desktop environments for Linux. I was surprised to see Project Looking Glass over there. Day before yesterday, I downloaded the Project Looking Glass 3D desktop environment for Linux from here.Project Looking Glass 3D desktop environment is a purely Java based desktop environment and it runs on top of Java virtual machine. It requires graphics card (at least on board). Here is a way to install nVidia drivers in Linux. The other requirement like processor and RAM are quite low and almost all systems can qualify for that. Looking Glass 3D is very easy to install. Below are the steps to install it on Fedora 7 (kernel-, but the steps for other operating systems may be similar.

Step 1

Get lg3d–1-0-0-linux-i686-0612190943.bin from here.

Step 2

In a terminal switch to root user.

[saini@bordeaux saini]$ su [Enter]
Enter root password.

Step 3

Move the lg3d–1-0-0-linux-i686-0612190943.bin to /usr/share/ and go to directory /usr/share/

[root@bordeaux saini]$ mv lg3d--1-0-0-linux-i686-0612190943.bin /usr/share/ [Enter]
[root@bordeaux saini]$  cd /usr/share/ [Enter]

Step 4

Extract lg3d–1-0-0-linux-i686-0612190943.bin

[root@bordeaux share]$ bash  lg3d--1-0-0-linux-i686-0612190943.bin [Enter]

The files will be extracted to /usr/share/lg3d/

Step 5

Logout and login into root’s desktop environment and go to the directory /usr/share/lg3d/bin/

[root@bordeaux root$ cd /usr/share/lg3d/bin/ [Enter]

Step 6

Execute the following command.

[root@bordeaux bin]$ bash ./postinstall [Enter]

If this command doesn’t give any error, that means you have successfully installed the Looking Glass 3D desktop environment.

Now logout and on the login screen, choose Looking Glass as the desktop environment. Just login into your account and what you will see will be more than a surprise. Below are some screenshots of my Looking Glass 3D desktop. You can browse all my screenshots here .

PS0 : It may the best 3D desktop environment but is not really usable on slower machines especially with low end graphics cards.

Awesome Wallpaper in Looking Glass 3D 3D Clock in Looking Glass Four Desktops in Looking Glass Notes on Backside of VLC Media Player in Looking Glass

Trumplayer Album Art in Looking Glass I Can't Read Mails in Looking Glass Jumbled Directories in 3D in Looking Glass Random Directory 3D Tiles in Looking Glass


17 thoughts on “How To: Install and Configure Looking Glass 3D Desktop

  1. quite gud …
    the sad part is, graphics programmers can’t have a permanent graphics desktop 🙁 hurts, I mean hurts performance of programs 😀
    thats why using compiz-fusion, switching b/w compiz and icewm for fun & programming resp.

    U have fun 😀 ….

  2. sweet man, u might want to turn on anti aliasing, 2X will do and it wont hurt ur performance at all. the jagged edges on the boxes will go out then 🙂

  3. @opensuse 10.2
    hi i had some issues with lg3d
    when i try to run lg3d-app it gives me the following:
    Starting up Project Looking Glass…

    error opening security policy file /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xserver/SecurityPolicy
    Could not init font path element /usr/share/fonts/Speedo, removing from list!
    Could not init font path element /var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType, removing from list!
    Xlib: connection to “:0.0” refused by server
    Xlib: Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 key
    /usr/bin/xhost: unable to open display “:0”
    FreeFontPath: FPE “/usr/share/fonts/misc” refcount is 2, should be 1; fixing.

    i tried it both as root and as a normal user

    ultimately i switched to compiz-fusion..which is working great (although obviously its not truly 3d!)

  4. 1. The effects can be achieved by selecting and dragging an object or by double clicking the border or by other combinations of certain keys and scroller.
    2. You have to run the applications from command line.

  5. I’ve installed it on Fedora 7 X64 and it works fine. Hectic,it certainly is. The question is what can you do with it?
    I have a 1680X!050 monitor. It gives me the impression you need much higher resolution.

  6. @Seyhan
    Ahh … its not for general usage i think … because i didn’t even find sufficient things to do basic work …
    and yeah the images/wallpapers are very high resolution ….

  7. @Charan
    i don’t have a list and i don’t even know all of them !!!
    i just tried some random combination … like press control button and scroll, press control and drag the window and others …

  8. Hello webmaster , I like your blog post expecially the article for 3d wallpapers and your post regarding Looking Glass 3D Desktop Environment on Fedora 7 looks very interesting. Nice to share it with us. I found you on Yahoo while searching for 3d wallpapers . I Just Stumble it on Friday .

  9. I am newbie in linux and have tried step by step for looking glass and have error msg after step 6.
    “You must run this script with root permissions.”. What is it mean? I have tried with my ID and SU….thanks before.


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