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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.

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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.

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”.