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I am under GNOME, and a Ubuntu 11.10 as virtual machine, which does not enable 3D accelaration.

I just downloaded xmonad via software center.

I guess the first step is to replace the current window manager (metacity), and then set or learn the shortcut keys.

But when I launch xmonad in a terminal, that gives me:

/home/.../.xmonad/xmonad-x86_64-linux: executeFile: does not exist (No such file or directory)
X Error of failed request:  BadAccess (attempt to access private resource denied)
  Major opcode of failed request:  2 (X_ChangeWindowAttributes)
  Serial number of failed request:  7
  Current serial number in output stream:  8

Could anyone tell me how to start?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

You should choose the session "XMonad" from the login manager (LightDM by default).

Some useful keys:

Mod-Shift-Enter open a terminal
Mod-Shift-p launch gmrun
Mod-Shift-q quit xmonad

where Mod is the Win key.

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