Start up compiz fusion icon, right click on it in the tasklbar, choose "Select Windows Manager" and choose XFCE. That always brought me back.
In XFCE 4 Settings manager under "Windows Manager Tweaks" you can select "Compositor" and play around with that and see if you like something of what it does.
I have played with all of it, including Compiz. Since I have an old 2.0Ghz Celeron I always returned to the standard setup and am fast and happy.
Removing any of this was something I wanted to do as well, but the dependencies and other programs that are removed with it will certainly mix up the setup in such a away that it may be rendered useless. I therefore decided against it.
Whatever you do - Good Luck!
PS: I love my Phoenix to bits - I reckon it's the best out there for older setups (and even maybe others).
I presume setting the compiz icon settings to xfwm4 gives complete control to xfce Settings Manager.
Never had good luck with compositor. In KDE it hid half of my screens.
My 900 mhz netbook. xfs file system, w/ 1gb ram no swap is running smooth as silk today. Not too fast and not too slow. Turning off Compiz gives the computer a little more memory it looks like. I hope nobody does anything to mess this LINUX setup up, especially me.
Emerald has some good themes but I need to look for docs or instructions about that. It
doesn't look like they directly install.
When I play around with KDE I get lost somewhere at times, but TinyCore isn't what I want either.
Perhaps xfce will prove big enough. So far so good. I think I'll uninstall Compiz eventually per
Would like to change colors or wallpaper once in awhile, and everything else appears to be working
Thanks for your post and inspiration,