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Setup

  • ARM computer FriendlyARM mini210s
  • Debian Linux 3.0.8 (armv7l) + IceWM

How can I start an application alone without the desktop environment?

For the sake of prototyping I want to start Chromium alone in fullscreen.

In /usr/share/xsessions/ I found 2 files:

root@FriendlyARM:~# ls -al /usr/share/xsessions/

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  238 Feb 18  2013 IceWM.desktop
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  204 Feb 18  2013 icewm-session.desktop

root@FriendlyARM:~# more /usr/share/xsessions/IceWM.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
# The names/descriptions should really be better
Name=IceWM
Comment=This is the window manager IceWM
Comment[de]=Dies ist der Fenstermanager IceWM
Exec=/usr/bin/icewm-session
Icon=icewm.xpm
Type=Application

root@FriendlyARM:~# more /usr/share/xsessions/icewm-session.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=icewm
Name[en_US]=icewm
Comment=Simple and fast window manger
Terminal=false
Exec=icewm-session
TryExec=icewm-session

[Window Manager]
SessionManaged=true

Assuming that this is the right way to do it,

How do I tweak these files to achieve my objective?

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    Similar issue. Amounts to adding chromium to .xinitrc after configuring gdm to automatically login. – Bratchley Jan 26 '15 at 16:40
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    Not 100% but with Chrome I think you need to start it with --kiosk to get it to start fullscreened. – Bratchley Jan 26 '15 at 16:42
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2 pages helped me a great deal

IceWM Basic Configuration

IceWM on Ubuntu

I will update this post with the details of my findings.

  • I have installed IceWM lite (lighter and without a taskbar at the bottom)

    apt-get install icewm-lite
    

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