Xmonad/Using xmonad in Ubuntu
Tips for Xmonad in Ubuntu
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 Network management
nm-applet runs just fine in trayer. Just load nm-applet in your xmonad.hs (after trayer) and you're set.
1.5 Status bar
xmobar is in the repositories. sudo apt-get install xmobar, then follow John Goerzen's guide on configuring it.