My request is quite simple. How can I get a *buntu distro but with awesome in it? How can I wipe off everything in Ubuntu (Unity & stuff) and get awesome WM?
What I'd like is *buntu ease of use + awesome WM.
Ideas on how can I accomplish this?
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I would advise you to go with Xubuntu (last LTS or latest).
sudo apt-get install awesome awesome-extra
If you want the most updated version, run before:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:klaus-vormweg/awesome sudo apt-get update
Remove Xubuntu desktop.
If you don't remove these package, it will override the awesome background and can conflict with apps if you don't set specific awesome rules.
sudo apt-get remove xubuntu-desktop xfdesktop4
Set awesome as the default WM
sudo xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -p /sessions/Failsafe/Client0_Command -t string -s "awesome" -a
Set awesome to autostart
ln -s /usr/share/applications/awesome.desktop ~/.config/autostart/awesome.desktop
Restart lightdm service
sudo service lightdm restart
With this configuration, you have a lightweight, updated and fast Ubuntu Awesome. To help you customize Awesome, I would advise you to look at the awesome-copycats.
Why not use one of the derivatives? You can choose for GNOME, KDE, Xfce etc.
You can also install ubuntu and then install another WM like GNOME: