[xmonad] Going Gnomeless (and Unityless on Oneiric)

Jacek Generowicz jacek.generowicz at cern.ch
Tue Jan 17 12:15:20 CET 2012

[Lots of people wrote lots of suggestions about Display Managers and Desktop Environments]

OK, I'm getting a bit overwhelmed by the plethora of DMs and DEs. Just
trying to get the basic infromation together in one place (maybe some
decent version of this should go up on the Haskell Wiki):

(Presumably, some of these DEs naturally go with some of these DMs)

* Display Managers

** LightDM
+ Default in Oneiric
+ Config Errors silenly ignored
+ No documentation at all
+ Light

** LDM


** KDM

** GDM
Depends heavily on Gnome

* Desktop Envinorments

** No DE at all
Is that possible? Can you just get by with

+ XMonad
+ xmobar / dzen2 / taffybar ..
+ wicd / nm-applet + ck-launch-session
+ some power management utility
+ etc. (e.g. Blueman)

+ Light

+ Light, but not as light as XFCE

** Gnome 3
+ Heavy

** Unity
+ Even heavier

* Network Managers

** nm-applet
+ From Gnome, but works independently of Gnome
+ Will need to start XMonad with ck-launch-session

** wicd
+ Light
+ VPN support not great

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