[xmonad] Going Gnomeless (and Unityless on Oneiric)

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com
Mon Jan 16 21:44:24 CET 2012

On 17 January 2012 04:59, Jacek Generowicz <jacek.generowicz at cern.ch> wrote:
> Magnus Therning wrote:
>> Another option that you might find worth exploring is using one of the
>> lighter desktop environments, such as XFCE or LXDE.  I think both of
>> them would allow you to move away from Gnome/Unity without having to
>> invest so heavily in finding replacements for all the parts of
>> Gnome/Unity that "make things just work".
> Any thoughts choosing between XFCE and LXDE, if I should try going
> down this route?

I've used both (I wrote the original Xfce integration stuff for
XMonad; never bothered to write an LXDE guide, but that's what I'm
using on this laptop still).

If you want very minimal DE stuff, LXDE isn't too bad.  Just be aware
that it doesn't have any session saving support (though you *can*
write ~/.config/autostart/*.desktop files to start stuff), and I've
ended up using xfce's power manager and wicd for networking.  lxpanel
is rather limited for choice of functionality (I only realised the
other day that the reason the volume applet was "invisible" was
because it had recently changed to a black icon, and my lxpanel was
transparent on a dark background).

Xfce is more of a full-fledged DE, but unless it has changed recently
there's no official way of having a custom WM (other than using
session support to remember not to use xfce4wm and to launch xmonad).

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Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
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