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There is also a [https://launchpad.net/~gspreemann/+archive/ppa PPA by user gspr] which contains trayer.
 
There is also a [https://launchpad.net/~gspreemann/+archive/ppa PPA by user gspr] which contains trayer.
 
=== Network management ===
 
 
nm-applet runs just fine in trayer. Just load nm-applet in your xmonad.hs (after trayer) and you're set.
 
   
 
=== Status bar ===
 
=== Status bar ===
   
 
xmobar is in the repositories. sudo apt-get install xmobar, then follow [[Xmonad/Config archive/John Goerzen's Configuration#Configuring xmonad to use xmobar|John Goerzen's guide]] on configuring it.
 
xmobar is in the repositories. sudo apt-get install xmobar, then follow [[Xmonad/Config archive/John Goerzen's Configuration#Configuring xmonad to use xmobar|John Goerzen's guide]] on configuring it.
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nm-applet runs just fine in trayer. Just load nm-applet in your xmonad.hs (after trayer) and you're set.

Revision as of 02:13, 18 January 2010

Tips for Xmonad in Ubuntu

Contents

1 Without a Desktop Environment

The advantages of using xmonad in Ubuntu without a full DE are speed and reduced memory use. Here are tips on using xmonad in any of the current Ubuntu distributions without loading XFCE or a full Gnome session.

1.1 Logging in to your xmonad session

The Ubuntu package for xmonad puts its own entry in the GDM login screen and starts with a simple built-in configuration. Before logging in, click to change the "session" option from Gnome/KDE/XFCE to Xmonad.

1.2 Automounting removable media

Removable media is mounted using a volume manager. Normally, Nautilus takes care of this in Gnome and Thunar for XFCE.

There are several lightweight volume manager choices.

  • skvm aims for simplicity and speed.
  • Ivman was originally only for automounting, but now it can run arbitrary commands when a HAL event (closed laptop lid, a certain device is attached) is received.
  • Thunar, XFCE's file manager, can be run as a daemon (thunar --daemon). It can be configured via its GUI to not open a file listing when a device is inserted.

1.3 Tray applications

Trayer has been removed from the repositories in Karmic but is still available in the Ubuntu archives: Trayer for Ubuntu Karmic.

There is also a PPA by user gspr which contains trayer.

1.4 Status bar

xmobar is in the repositories. sudo apt-get install xmobar, then follow John Goerzen's guide on configuring it.

1.5 Network management

nm-applet runs just fine in trayer. Just load nm-applet in your xmonad.hs (after trayer) and you're set.