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?


I would advice you to go with Xubuntu (14.04LTS or 15.04).

1/ install Xubuntu

2/ install awesome

sudo apt-get install awesome awesome-extra

If you want the 3.5 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 advice you to look at the awesome-copycats.

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  • Why is xubuntu preferred? Is there some aspect of it that is better than lubuntu for AwesomeWM? – Thismatters May 27 '17 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.

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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?

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    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 Plus, if there was one, I bet it's outdated.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 '14 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.

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    Time is the very factor that made me go to ubuntu. – Con7e Apr 20 '14 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 '14 at 9:58

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