Switching WM and removing DE

If you are new to Linux or new to Sabayon Linux and just not sure where to post, here ya go. Post without fear of being told to RTFM :-)

Moderator: Moderators

Switching WM and removing DE

Postby nemo » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:23

Hi all,
I'm very, very new to Linux, but so far I've manager to install Sabayon and mess around in it a bit. Now I'm looking to change my window manager and (eventually) remove my desktop environment (xfce).
I installed spectrwm through Rigo, but I'm not sure where to go from there. Do I have to edit my ~/.xsession? And how can I remove/disable xfce?
Thanks in advance!
nemo
Baby Hen
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:13

Re: Switching WM and removing DE

Postby cl00t » Tue Aug 14, 2012 21:44

Hi, if you're new to linux I would recommend playing around in gnome / kde / xfce / lxde to see which you prefer. I was a kde user but these days I prefer xfce & I have zero experience of spectrwm but it seem an interesting choice for someone brand new to linux. Anyway, I would download a few ISO's & play around.
You've picked the right distro anyway.
cl00t
Growing Hen
 
Posts: 168
Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2012 15:29

Re: Switching WM and removing DE

Postby Jomiel » Wed Aug 15, 2012 0:18

Hi,
to change the DE, you need to select the desired one when you login (there is a dropdown menu somewhere).

cheers
Jomiel
Jomiel
Growing Hen
 
Posts: 131
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2012 21:14

Re: Switching WM and removing DE

Postby batvink » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:32

Hi Nemo, and welcome to SabayonLinux.

To first help you out with the scripts, you can take a look at spectrwm's own wiki page:
https://opensource.conformal.com/wiki/spectrwm
to get some more info about the WindowManager.
If you scroll down near the end, there's a "spectrwm resources" section,
which contains links to their forum, Manpage, and Bug Tracker.
The Man page handles the config files.

Before removing DE's, what exactly do you have in mind?
XFCE isn't really that big, and can be an excellent fall-back, if the current DE somehow got screwed.
User avatar
batvink
Old Dear Hen
 
Posts: 495
Joined: Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:44
Location: the netherlands

Re: Switching WM and removing DE

Postby batvink » Thu Aug 16, 2012 16:47

as root,
Code: Select all
equo remove libxfce4util xfconf --ask

Almost all xfce4 packages depend upon libxfce4util and xfconf,
so just purge those two and you remove everything related to xfce.
Except for "gtk-engines-xfce" and "xfce4-taskmanager", but you can remove those as well.

NOTE. do not use the "--deep" flag here.
I'm not sure, but when I did that , it leaved me with a unusable system.
With the "--deep" flag enabled, it removes also some system files, which deptest and libtest don't recover.

check the package list before proceeding., if in doubt, abort,
and show output here on the forum.
when done,
Code: Select all
equo conf update

to check if configuration files needs to be updated, manually.
then,
Code: Select all
equo deptest && equo libtest

It's pretty much the same as the guidelines for removing KDE
https://wiki.sabayon.org/index.php?title=Remove_KDE
except for a few things.
success......
User avatar
batvink
Old Dear Hen
 
Posts: 495
Joined: Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:44
Location: the netherlands

Re: Switching WM and removing DE

Postby gentoovortex » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:12

@ batvink, thanks for posting the tip:

Code: Select all
equo remove libxfce4util xfconf --ask

which saves a lot of time removing 23 Xfce packages so one doesn't have to

Code: Select all
equo remove package1 package2 .... package23

to remove Xfce. I usually use the CoreCDX to do an installation but don't have an ethernet connection at the moment and this saves time stripping packages from the Sabayon 9 Xfce .iso and still leaves you with Fluxbox to work from.

@nemo, you're new to Linux and trying to use a tiling window manager? Steep learning curve unless you have experience with keybinds already.
GUI's?? We don't need no stinkin' GUI's!!!

Sabayon Openbox/Fluxbox / Gentoo Fluxbox / Funtoo Fluxbox / Slackware-Current Fluxbox / Crux Openbox
gentoovortex
Baby Hen
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Sun Feb 20, 2011 17:55
Location: Sanur, Bali, Indonesia


Return to Beginners|Newbies Area

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests