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In the new Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, Intel graphic (video) drivers 965 (x3000 or x3100) are blacklisted so you cannot run Compiz thus your desktop effects cannot be enabled. There is a way to enable desktop effects, though this is not recommended because the drivers were blacklisted due to an error in xserver-xorg-video-intel and they will be whitelisted when the bug fill be fixed.

But if you want to use Compiz anyway, all you have to do is type this in a terminal:
mkdir -p ~/.config/compiz/ && echo SKIP_CHECKS=yes >> ~/.config/compiz/compiz-manager


Update 05 May 2009: It seems that some Intel cards now work in Ubuntu Jaunty, after the latest updates.



Update 09 May 2009: You may also want to check out the Ubuntu graphic drivers repository.