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September 14th, 2008, 04:41 PM

I tested puppy linux recently and was amazed by how light it was, while remaining very user-friendly.
However, I don't want to switch distros completely.
So I'm trying to run jwm with Ubuntu.

I installed openbox and jwm and can now select openbox as session at login time and then launch jwm (and ratpoison which I'm using right now. Horrible. ^^) by doing right-click->Desktop->Window managers->jwm.

But how can I add "jwm" to the session options at login?

I already tried "sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm", but I still only get the choice between gdm and kdm.

edit: I think I found something:

September 14th, 2008, 07:31 PM
You'll have to create a new session. As root, create a new text file in /usr/share/xsessions:

sudo text_editor_of your_choice /usr/share/xsessions/jwm.desktop

Add the following to it:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Log in using Jwm

Make sure the Exec line points to the correct location. Jwm is most likely either installed in /usr/bin/ or in /usr/local/bin. To find out type "whereis jwm" in a terminal and adjust the above line appropriately.

Save the file, and make it executable:

sudo chmod +x /usr/share/xsessions/jwm.desktop

Logout and log back in, and when GDM appears you should see the JWM session. If it doesn't try and restart X (press Ctrl+Alt+Backspace).

September 14th, 2008, 10:01 PM
Thanks, it's working.
The "chmod +x" isn't even necessary.
All I had to do was add the .desktop entry in /usr/share/xsessions.

Actually, I went a little crazy today and installed a whole bunch of window managers:

[16][/usr/share/xsessions]$ ls
aewm++.desktop Fvwm.desktop openbox-kde.desktop
blackbox.desktop gnome.desktop pekwm.desktop
e-gnome.desktop IceWM.desktop ratpoison.desktop
e-kde.desktop jwm.desktop ssh.desktop
enlightenment.desktop kde.desktop twm.desktop
fluxbox.desktop openbox.desktop xfce4.desktop
fvwm-crystal.desktop openbox-gnome.desktop


I'm not sure which one I'll keep by default yet.
JWM and the *box ones are really light on the RAM, but I miss the easy shortcut creation from Gnome.
Any suggestions?

How can I get JWM easily configured like in puppy linux with desktop icons?

When not using Gnome or KDE, my wifi doesn't work. I solved this by simply running "nm-applet" from command-line. ;)

September 14th, 2008, 10:07 PM
For having a desktop like the traditional sense where you can place things such as shortcuts on it you can try installing idesk

September 16th, 2008, 08:41 AM
Thanks for the tip about idesk. However, it doesn't seem to be straightforward to use since it requires writing .lnk files to get more icons. I was looking more for something where I can just click around to get a new launcher.
But it might still come in handy some day. :roll:

I still haven't chosen a new default WM, but I'm marking the thread as solved since I'm now able to add any kind of WM session I want. :)

In the meanwhile, I started hunting down RAM eaters a bit more with a self-made script (top and system monitor are a bit too dynamic for me).
Just in case somebody else might find this useful:

echo "size in kB,%mem,pid,user"
if [ $# -eq 0 ]
ps -eo rss,%mem,pid,user -o comm= | sort -k1 -n -r
for prog in $@;
ps -eo rss,%mem,pid,user -o comm= | grep $prog

RAMuse.sh : list all processes by RAM use
RAMuse.sh prog1 prog2 ... : list RAM use of prog1,prog2...

Perhaps I'll be able to use gnome again if I can eliminate nautilus from it... ^^