Jan 08

Fix Ubuntu 17.04 graphics flickering and compiz regularly crashing

Category: Linux,Ubuntu   — Published by goeszen on January 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm

On a machine with Intel on-board graphics (i915 driver/ OpenGL MESA) and a fresh install of Ubuntu 17.04 I've seen strange flickering on application chrome and whenever something from Unity triggered an animation (over overlays - I'm not sure), like the Dash being opened, the docker appearing, etc. - then Compiz crashed. This is either Unity (probably) or compiz having a bug (this one?)

From the comments on this bug report, a quick fix was to disable Unity altogether via ccsm (compiz configuration manager) and replace missing UI components like the app launcher, app dock, task bar / clock with another app for that - like cairo-dock.

Comments about where this erratic Ubuntu Unity behavior is coming from are welcome!

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