KDE and awesome

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Option 1: .desktop files[edit]

Place the following in /usr/share/apps/ksmserver/windowmanagers/awesome.desktop (or your system's equivalent; the folder will probably contain openbox.desktop or metacity.desktop as well).

Note: kde4 users should place file file into /usr/share/kde4/apps/ksmserver/windowmanagers/awesome.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Highly configurable framework window manager

Now, you should be able to choose "awesome" as window manager in System Settings->Default Applications->Window Manager

Option 2: Environment variables[edit]

KDE has the KDEWM environment variable that allows you to specify an alternativ window manager to use.

just create a new script called something like:



export KDEWM=awesome 

and make it executable chmod +x ~/.kde/env/set_window_manager.sh

I made a script in /etc/X11/Xsession.d/98mine containing just:

export KDEWM=awesome

But this is not recommended since it sets this variable for all users of the system (which is only me on my laptop).

I made some screenshots.

Disable Plasma[edit]

Copy /usr/share/autostart/plasma-desktop.desktop to ~/.config/autostart/ and add Hidden=true at the end.

Disable KRunner[edit]

Copy /usr/share/autostart/krunner.desktop to ~/.config/autostart/ and add Hidden=true at the end.

Fix Systray[edit]

Tray icons of some KDE applications won't show up in awesome's systray because they use the KDE status notifier. If you disable this service (System Settings > Startup and Shutdown > Service Manager > uncheck "Status Notifier Manager") all the icons should appear. Tip taken from Tint2 Wiki.

Logout / Shutdown / Lock[edit]

Install kshutdown, also available as package in many distribution.