Tips for using Ubuntu with dwm

written on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 by

Some useful tips for using the dwm window manager on Ubuntu:

GDM / Booting

  • To disable the automatic start of gdm, add "text" to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT-line in /etc/defaults/grub.

Network / WLAN

  • If you want easier network configuration, use wicd instead of the gnome network manager (sudo aptitude install network-manager- network-manager-gnome- wicd+). You can start it with wicd-client -n. Or if you prefer console-based configuration, try wicd-curses.

Audio / Sound

  • In order for the sound to work, add start-pulseaudio-x11 & to your -/.xinitrc file, add your user to the audio group and reboot. You can configure your sound devices using alsamixer.
  • As a replacement for your usual audio player software, you can use herrie.

Communication / Chat

  • Use centerim or bitlbee for instant messaging to replace pidgin. Or use finch, a console-based frontend for pidgin.

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