Installation guide for AwesomeWM on xubuntu.
Using the bundled software which comes with xubuntu and then replacing the WM with awesome_wm is very powerful. It allows you to forget about the configuration and installation of apps you are not interested in and focus on the task of getting a working environment.
sudo apt-get install awesome -y
Set window-manager to awesome
xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -p /sessions/Failsafe/Client0_Command -t string -s "awesome" -a
In xubuntu navigate to Session and Startup
Navigate to the Session tab in this window
Change Restart Style of
Navigate to Application Autostart tab
Click Add and add awesome (awesome as name and command)
Navigate to Session tab and kill
xfdesktopand click Save Session
Optional but recommended
sudo apt-get remove xfce4-panel