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I'm looking for a more contemporary task switcher for LXDE. I find the gnome one to be a perfect one. I also like tiled windows preview like what is presented in Gnome Shell Activities. I take the necessity of compositor installation into account.

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Skippy-xd offers a lightweight spread-like function.


There's no PPA and I wasn't able to find any .debs, so you will have to compile it manually. After installation you can add a hotkey for skippy-xd by modifying your Openbox configuration file:

leafpad ~/.config/openbox/lubuntu-rc.xml

Add the following lines under the keyboard section:

<keybind key="W-s">
  <action name="Execute">

where W-s corresponds with Super + S.

First note: I am running xcompmgr, no idea if skippy will work on a non-compositing dsktop as well.

Second note: I have a precompiled amd64 .deb of skippy on my hard drive (one that I compiled myself in order to install it). I don't know what the askubuntu policy on spreading prepackaged binaries is, but if you're struggling with compiling skippy on your own I might be able to upload my version for you.

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Good one! To anyone with other switchers tips - please edit MHC's answer. – Bucic Dec 17 '12 at 21:46

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