How to install AwesomeWM on xubuntuawesome_wm

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.

Installation Guide:

  1. Install AwesomeWM

    sudo apt-get install awesome -y
  2. Set window-manager to awesome

    xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -p /sessions/Failsafe/Client0_Command -t string -s "awesome" -a
  3. In xubuntu navigate to Session and Startup

  4. Navigate to the Session tab in this window

  5. Change Restart Style of xfwm4 to Never

  6. Navigate to Application Autostart tab

  7. Click Add and add awesome (awesome as name and command)

  8. Navigate to Session tab and kill xfdesktop and click Save Session

Optional but recommended

  • Remove xfce4-panel
    sudo apt-get remove xfce4-panel