OpenSUSE 13.1 + Mate 1.6 + XmonadThu, Nov 21, 2013
So OpenSUSE 13.1 was released. And it’s great. But… Since gnome 3.9 support for custom window managers was broken. How to restore sanity to your desktop? Mate it! Here is quick how to.
Patterns for installing mate in OpenSUSE can be found here http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:MATE
Xmonad can be installed using cabal install or using packages from OBS.
sudo zypper -n in xorg-x11-devel cabal install xmonad --flags="with_utf8 with_xft" cabal install xmonad-contrib --flags="with_utf8 with_xft" cabal install xmobar --flags="with_utf8 with_xft"
Create following file:
[Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Xmonad # Replace it with your xmonad launcher Exec=xmonad NoDisplay=true Terminal=false StartupNotify=false Categories=
Set xmonad as window manager for Mate:
# Mate 1.4 mateconftool-2 -s /desktop/mate/session/required_components/windowmanager xmonad --type string # Mate 1.6 gsettings set org.mate.session.required-components windowmanager xmonad
If you have Gnome 3 installed make sure that gnome-settings daemon is not running in mate (can cause gsettings error).
By the way I have some weird issues with gnome 3 apps rendering, no idea how to fix this for now.
caja -n which is responsible for displaying icons on desktop loves to hide my xmobar.
You can kill caja and mate will restore it (temporary fix).
If you have any tips feel free to comment!
UPDATE 0 issues with rendering was caused by
setWMName "LG3D" in
Removed it for now (probably will cause issues with some Java(AWT) applications).
UPDATE 1 If you want to disable desktop add following file:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Caja Exec=caja -n --no-desktop Icon=system-file-manager Terminal=false Type=Application StartupNotify=true NoDisplay=true OnlyShowIn=MATE; X-MATE-Bugzilla-Bugzilla=MATE X-MATE-Bugzilla-Product=caja X-MATE-Bugzilla-Component=general X-MATE-Bugzilla-Version=1.6.2 X-MATE-Autostart-Phase=Desktop X-MATE-Autostart-Notify=true X-MATE-AutoRestart=true X-MATE-Provides=filemanager
And now set it as default file manager for mate:
# Mate 1.6 gsettings set org.mate.session.required-components filemanager "caja-no-desktop"
Also you can store all
*.desktop files in