I have been using xterm for all my work. I realized that the features that desktop environments like GNOME has to provide are not of much use to me. Now, is it possible that I remove GNOME and KDE altogether and use some window manager only in run level 5 (X11) to play videos, use browser, and occasionally file manager like Nautilus. How can I do it? Is it a good idea? Which window manager would you suggest?
What I have done so far: I installed Window Maker. When I rebooted, I was offered one more choice at the time of login - GNOME, KDE, Window Maker. I chose Window Maker. It gives me multiple workspaces, customizable keyboard shortcuts, without usual desktop features like panel, notification area, desktop icons.
But I have observed that whenever I launch Nautilus, the desktop background changes to the one I set on GNOME and all desktop icons are restored as they were in GNOME, though the keyboard shortcuts of Window Maker still works. But to remove GNOME background and desktop icons I have to logout and login again.
How can I fix it so that launching of Nautilus does not bring GNOME background? Should I use some other file manager?
I have complied and installed dwm. It was not difficult at all. Though I needed to do the following steps to make dwm show in the menu of my login screen.
$ cd /usr/share/xsessions/ $ vim dwm.desktop
dwm.desktop I wrote:
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=dwm Comment=To start dwm session Exec=/usr/local/bin/dwm Type=Application
This time when I got to login, I got dwm in the menu.
I solved the nautilus problem using following steps.
$ gconftool-2 --recursive-list "/apps" |less
Here I searched for nautilus. It gave me
/apps/nautilus: /apps/nautilus/preferences: show_icon_text = local_only start_with_sidebar = true click_policy = double background_color = #ffffff start_with_toolbar = true start_with_location_bar = true mouse_back_button = 8 thumbnail_limit = 10485760 directory_limit = -1 ...
After that it was a simple matter of setting keys
$ gconftool-2 --get "/apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop" $ true $ gconftool-2 --set "/apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop" --type bool false $ gconftool-2 --get "/apps/nautilus/preferences/exit_with_last_window $ false $ gconftool-2 --set "/apps/nautilus/preferences/exit_with_last_window" --type bool true $ gconftool-2 --get "/apps/nautilus/preferences/media_automount_open $ true $ gconftool-2 --set "/apps/nautilus/preferences/media_automount_open" --type bool false