[xmonad] New User - Intro
dons at galois.com
Mon May 19 14:19:47 EDT 2008
> XMonad Fans,
> 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
You might be interested to see the XFCE support xmonad has. It can be
a nice intermediate step between a full desktop environment based on
overlapping windows, and the tiling paradigm:
(There' similar support for gnome and kde).
> 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.
Ah, then you'll be happy with xmonad. fullscreen for all clients is a
> 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.
Great, hope you enjoy the ride!
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