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?

4 Answers 4


I would advise you to go with Xubuntu (last LTS or latest).

  1. Install Xubuntu

  2. Install awesome

    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
  3. 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
  4. Set awesome as the default WM

    sudo xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -p /sessions/Failsafe/Client0_Command -t string -s "awesome" -a
  5. Set awesome to autostart

    ln -s /usr/share/applications/awesome.desktop ~/.config/autostart/awesome.desktop
  6. 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 is xubuntu preferred? Is there some aspect of it that is better than lubuntu for AwesomeWM? May 27, 2017 at 19:47

I install Awesome WM on top of Ubuntu server edition, this is certainly not a "simple" route, but you get a "clean" Awesome install.


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:

Switching window manager/desktop environments?

  • 1
    If it were that simple, my friend, I'd go for it. I couldn't find a Ubuntu Awesome edition. Plus, if there was one, I bet it's outdated.
    – Con7e
    Apr 20, 2014 at 9:27

There is no "Awesomebuntu" distro, but you can simply install the Awesome WM package and either configure GNOME for Awesome WM or get a display manager which gets out of your way, such as SLiM.

That said, I personally found Arch Linux to be a much more rewarding platform once the (admittedly time consuming) Awesome RC, XTerm and X setup was over.

  • 1
    Time is the very factor that made me go to ubuntu.
    – Con7e
    Apr 20, 2014 at 9:53
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    All the graphics issues and lack of support for non-Unity desktops drove me to Arch, which has probably saved me time in the long run.
    – l0b0
    Apr 20, 2014 at 9:58

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