[xmonad] Looking to deploy xmonad to ~20 employees

Michal 'vorner' Vaner vorner at vorner.cz
Sun Jan 13 16:27:24 CET 2013


On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 02:52:54PM +0100, Thomas Løcke wrote:
> I've been running xmonad for a while now, and I'm very happy with it, so
> happy in fact that I'm contemplating moving most of my employees from
> Windows XP to Linux with xmonad. Most of them are only using a specific set
> of applications, so we don't really need the extra hassle of having a WM/DE
> with all sorts of bells and whistles.

I hope they don't eat you alive for that ;-).

> 1. We need to be able to run a legacy Windows application. I plan on
> solving this with VirtualBox, and I would like for my employees to have
> this application available fullscreen at workspace 1, but when I fullscreen
>  the virtual XP on this workspace, the bottom part of Windows "fall out"
> below the monitor. This is because I have xmobar running. If I disable
> xmobar the problem goes away. But I only want to disable xmobar for this
> one workspace. Is there a way to disable struts on a single workspace,
> preferably in xmonad.hs?

I know that's not exactly what you're asking for, but there are two other
possibilities (I think both need the VirtualBox guest additions inside the
virtual machine):
 • Let the Windows auto-resize according to the size of the VirtualBox window.
   That way, the Window desktop would be slightly smaller, but nothing would be
 • There's some kind of seamless mode in VirtualBox. It then just takes the
   windows inside the virtual machine and tries to present them as stand-alone
   windows in your WM, removing all the Windows desktop and taskbar, etc.

> 4. VNC access. I'm guessing this works just the same as with KDE/Gnome, but
> I'd be interested in hearing if anybody got some experiences to share.

It's not VNC as such, but I use xmonad through ssh X11 forwarding (so I have
local X server, remote xmonad and all the programs). It works well this way and
in mixed mode too (some programs local, some remote, xmonad on either computer).

I guess VNC wouldn't make much difference, since it's only transferring the
final image somewhere else, so it shouldn't make a difference with the window
manager used.

With regards

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Michal 'vorner' Vaner
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