Archive for December 2009

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.