Compiz Stand Alone WM

As usual, I’m trying new stuff on my desk. I was looking for a nice work environment on my tiny netbook screen.

I’ve using compiz on top of GNOME, and i get used to the plugins and some usefull effects, but some times I just wanted to go minimal, and all those GNOME stuff felt like bloated.

Then i’ve found a forum thread talking about compiz as Window Manager, and i thought: “Why not”.

The Instalation and configuration was easy and now I’m very happy with it.

escale function

My ~/.xinitrc
exec fusion-icon &
compiz --indirect-rendering &
emerald &
xrdb -load ~/.Xdefaults &
sleep 14s && conky -c /home/aymara/Scripts/conky-minimo-1-linea

¡Full minimalism!

As you can see, there is no panel over there. I don’t need it, and that way i managed to save vertical space, something really important in a tiny res of 1024x600px.

Instead, i can’t live without conky. As you probably know, conky uses an pseudo transparency to match with desktop background. Compiz is a WM not a DE, thats why you have to think in conky as a window, and pay special attention to the “own_window” parameters:

My conkyrc

double_buffer yes
own_window yes
own_window_type normal
own_window_hints undecorate,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
draw_borders no
gap_x -10
gap_y 4
alignment bottom_right
update_interval 1
default_color 333333
own_window_transparent no
use_xft yes
xftfont mintsstrong:pixelsize=10
use_spacer no
minimum_size 1024 10
mpd_host localhost
mpd_port 6600


The Time: ${color 7f7f7f}${time %a %d. %b %k:%M} ${color 60c8f2}| ${color}Kernel: ${color 7f7f7f}${font}${kernel}${color 60c8f2} | ${color}CPU: ${color 7f7f7f}${font}${cpu}% ${color} RAM: ${color 7f7f7f}${font}${mem} ${color 60c8f2} | ${color} Uptime: ${color 7f7f7f}${font}${uptime_short}${color 60c8f2} | ${color}Music: ${color 7f7f7f}$mpd_title - $mpd_artist ${color 60c8f2}| ${color}Battery: ${color 7f7f7f} ${battery BAT0}

This experiment helped me to think wich apps do i REALLY need to do my daily work.

Its a great thing to do at the end of the year. It’s like doing a deep cleaning on your mind and start over with those things that really matter.

My new conky clock

Recently i’ve found out that conky can be displayed as rings, and other forms using an lua script.

My new conky clock

My new conky clock

Well here you have my clock drawn with conky. It also show the wireless and battery status, cpu and mem load, and disk space used.

Is really beautifull, dont you think??

It uses the last version of conky (1.7.2). Down here you’ll find the conkyrc and the lua script. I left the comments on the code, so you can customize it.

Thanks to londonali1010 for the script and the comments :D

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I've noticed… I'm a desktop modding addict!!

That’s not so hard to realize… if you see my profile on archlinux’s forums, my posts are mainly about desktop screenshots, and conky.

It’s funny, because arch users in most cases are console fans and modding desktops is not so important to them (maybe taking KISS too far?? :P)

I guess that may change with time, now that Archlinux is more popular even on newbies and simple desktop users (like me).

I think that maybe I should share with you all those desktop modds. Perhaps it helps someone to find new ideas or save some time…

I'm Back!!

Last month happened lots of things. My mini-notebook was stolen, so no more Archlinux playing for me for a while…

But now i’m back!! I’ve bought a new mini-notebook. This one it’s a bit different.

Some specs:

  • Model: Bangho DU1001TH-S
  • Intel® Atom N270(1.6GHz,533FSB,BGA)
  • 2GB DDR2 667Mhz RAM
  • 250 Gb 5400 Rpm HD
  • Intel 945 GSE / ICH-7 Chipset
  • Weight 1,2Kg.
  • 10,2” WXGA screen
  • As you can see its more powerfull than the last one.The name I’ve choosen for it: “Zephyrus”.


    It came with “Vista Starter Edition”, guess what happened with it :P

    Inmediatelly installed Archlinux. No much problems… except for one thing: The Wireless card its a big pain on… (you know where).

    Its an “Wifi + Bluetooth 3dsp chipset bluew2310″. Its chinese and for now it only give drivers for windows and ubuntu, both restricted, so i cant see the source code…

    I’ve decided that i dont need bluetooth but i really need wifi connection, so I’ve changed the wifi chipset for an less chinese one :P

    It’s not the best solution, but works for me. If any of you have a clue about 3dsp drivers, just tell me!

    Grub Splash Image

    Los que me conocen, saben bien que me gusta cambiar todo lo que tiene que ver con mi entorno visual de trabajo, más que nada para lograr funcionalidad sin renunciar al deleite estético.

    Ésta vez es el turno de mi GRUB.

    Hice varios Splash para irlos variando cuando me canse:

    imágenes para los splash

    imágenes para los splash

    Pueden descargar éstos splash que funcionarán perfectamente en pantallas de 1024×600





    Para utilizarlos deben copiarlos en /boot/grub/splashimages/

    Y luego agregar en /boot/grub/menu.lst lo siguiente

    splashimage /boot/grub/splashimages/xxxxxxx.xpm.gz

    Con ello tendrán un hermoso fondo para su GRUB sin nada de trabajo.

    → English Version

    Those who knows me, know that i’m always trying to make changes to my workspace to make it more funktional AND beautifull. Today i “pimped” my GRUB with some splashimages.

    This ones, will work great on 1024×600 screens.

    Download the files and save it on /boot/grub/splashimages/ and then, add this line to your /boot/grub/menu.lst :

    splashimage /boot/grub/splashimages/xxxxxxx.xpm.gz

    Hope you find this usefull…


    Es de público conocimiento la necesidad masculina de “medirse el miembro”. Haciendo un paralelo, a los nerds les gusta mostrar sus archivos de configuración, la velocidad de booteo… en pocas palabras la “performance” en general de su sistema.

    Resulta que dentro de la comunidad de #archlinux hubo quienes hicieron un pequeño script en pyton para transformar los datos generales del sistema en una medición en cm. Si: lo transforma en “Virtual Penis”.

    Yo sé que los que estan leyendo probablemente ahora tengan la increible tentación de medirse. Pues bien, aquí tienen el script.

    Si así lo desean pueden medirse y luego contarme “qué tan grande la tienen”.

    Lo encontré en el blog de jelly (Uno de sus creadores).

    // –> English Version

    Men always need to prove themself in some way, some people like to show off their nice hardware and dotfiles. So a couple of people of #archlinux made a script that does that in a fair way.

    “Virtual Penis” is an small script that takes the cpu freq, number of cores , ram, disk space, uptime  and calculates the result in centimeters.

    I know that maybe you want to know how you’re doing… well: download the script here and find out!

    I’ve found it on jelly’s blog (one of the coders).

    Estoy corriendo Archlinux en… / I'm running Archlinux on…

    Mi nueva Mini Notebook

    (Llamarla “Netbook” no es lo más apropiado)

    Al principio pensé que era mejor instalarle alguna distribución especial para “Netbooks” como Ubuntu Netbook Remix, pero luego de revisar bien las características técnicas, noté que podía instalarle Archlinux sin mayores problemas, así que eso hice.

    La instalación me llevó menos de una hora.


    • Pantalla TFT LCD WideScreen de 10,2 Pulgadas
    • Memoria RAM de 1 GB
    • Disco Rígido de 160 GB
    • Procesador Intel Atom N270 a 1.60 GHz
    • Webcam incorporada de 1.3 Mpx
    • Sonido estéreo y micrófono incorporado
    • Chipset Intel 945 GSE
    • WLAN 802.11 b/g
    • LAN 10/100 Mbps
    • 3 puertos USB
    • Multilector de tarjetas 4 en 1 (Memory Stick, MS Pro, Multi Media Card, Secure Digital)
    • Salida para monitor

    El único “problema” que tuve luego de una actualización, fue que el kernel 2.6.30 entraba en conflicto con el driver de la tarjeta wi-fi.

    La solución para ello fue instalar el paquete parchado del driver de la tarjeta. Se encuentra en AUR:  rtl8187se-patched

    Fuera de eso, todo funcionó con las opciones “por defecto”.

    // –> English Version

    My new Mini Notebook

    At first i thougt it would be better to install an especific distribution like Ubuntu Netbook Remix. But looking carefully to the technical specs, I noticed that Archlinux would work without any troubles. I was right. The clean instalation took me about an hour.

    The only “trouble” was related to the wifi driver (rtl1817) and kernel 2.6.30. I have installed a package called rtl8187se-patched wich is on AUR. That solved the problem. Everything else worked “out of the box”.

    Mi escritorio de Julio / Desktop Screenshot – July

    Mi escritorio actual

    Mi escritorio actual

    Mi primer post en mi blog de Archlinux es para presumir de la configuracion de mi escritorio.

    Soy del tipo de persona que todo el tiempo busca que el escritorio se vea lindo además de funcional.

    Voy a compartir con ustedes mis configuraciones de tint2 y de conky si es que estan interesados en lograr algo similar. En un post posterior les voy a compartir el tema de iconos que estoy utilizando (todavia lo estoy modificando).

    El wallpaper lo pueden descargar aqui

    //–> English Version

    My first post on my brand new blog, its about my desktop config. I’m the kind of person who is always looking for a funcional and good looking work environment.

    I’m sharing my conky and tint2 configs for you to use if you want something that looks similar to mine.  Read More to see the config files!!

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