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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: awesome window manager Reply with quote

I don't think I'm quite getting how all of this is working.

First I emerged gnome 3, I like it, but then I discovered awesome window manager.
I can actually get stuff done now, and I like the idea. But I don't seems to be getting it:

As far as I understand:
awesome is just the window manager. it still needs a desktop environment so right now I suppose it's using gnome desktop environment.
But if I understand correctly, it's possible to use xfce instead of gnome?
Are there certain desktop environments better suited to work together with aweomse?

Also:
when is xinitrc run? as soon as you enter a graphical environment?
Does it matter if you enter i through gdm? or through startx?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome, Openbox, etc. only manage the windows on the plain X background. You would still need a panel, a dock, etc.

If this is too much handwork, I'd recommend XFCE. Also have a look at LXDE.

Have a look at these links to get a bit deeper into the topic:
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/openbox.xml
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Window_Manager
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't believe awesome will play with desktop environment. Though I've never tried this. The idea of awesome is to get rid of all the stuff on the desktop and have windows fully utilize the space. So, it's kind of does not make sense to have both desktop environment and awesome.
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