[xmonad] New User - Intro
Kevin at RawFedDogs.net
Mon May 19 09:51:59 EDT 2008
I came across XMonad yesterday, and I think I'm hooked.
I've been using XFCE for quite a while. But, I usually kill the XFCE
panel, start an XFCE-terminal session, maximize it, then launch
applications, most of which I also maximize, from there. Recently someone
posted to the Debian mailing list asking for window manager suggestions on
maximizing screen real estate. I replied detailing my XFCE habits. I then
received a few replies asking why I was using XFCE, and got some
suggestions of other window managers I might try that would be more to my
Most of the suggestions were for tabbed/tiling window managers, such as
Ion, etc. I had looked briefly at similar window managers in the past and
didn't think I'd like them because I prefer to run most apps full screen.
After taking a closer look at some of the suggested window managers I
discovered some of them had a full screen mode with minimal or no window
decorations, and could be used almost entirely from the keyboard which is
just what I've been looking for all along. After trying a few I had just
about settled on Ion. Then ...
Yesterday while surfing the net to make sure I hadn't overlooked any
possibilities I came across info on XMonad. I'm currently running Debian
Lenny but the only Debian XMonad package I could find was for Sid. I
dropped the Sid package into my local repository and was able to install
and run it successfully. I hit a snag when I started trying to tweak the
configuration. After a little trial and error I discovered I had to
install Haskell and a few Haskell libraries, also from Sid. But after
doing so I was able to start customizing XMonad and so far all is working
Sorry for rambling on so much. Bottom line - my congratulations and many
thanks to the XMonad developers for such a well designed window manager.
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.
Longum iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla!!!
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