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Old 25th May 2011, 12:26 AM
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Need Help with High Hopes for Fedora 15

A long-time Arch tinkerer, I decided to switch my netbook from "just barely working" to a distro that "just works". Today, I decided that distro is Fedora. I'm a minimalist/utilitarian, however, so with the way I run my system, I like to keep things balanced between just working and transparent.

I'm half-and-half between command line and web browsing in terms of use. After searching through wikis and fora to try to find my answer, I got a little bit of a workaround finished up: I played with symlinks to get systemd to boot into runlevel 3, so once it boots, I can have my ssh working perfectly or I can startx and browse around when I feel like it. For right now, I'm okay with Gnome3 for applications when I do startx, but I feel like all this would be resolved by using a good tiling window manager and some applets, but it's just a matter of getting it all working.

What I really want my netbook to do is the following:
  • Boot into runlevel 5
  • Load network information and connect
  • Load a tiling WM (wmii or wmfs)
  • Connect to Dropbox
  • Give me a way to see battery (preferably in a system tray) and volume (not too necessary to view, just easy to change - keybinds, etc.) and finally
  • Start a maximized Terminator session as my prompt (terminator -m)
And that's all I want it to do aside from the system services at boot. This way, I have the best of both CLI and X. And since I don't particularly care for the GDM stuff (I prefer SLiM or CLI), but I'm not sure how dependent the other gnome services are on it and if I stick with the gnome applets (nm-applet, gnome-power-manager, gnome-volume-control-applet), I'm okay if they need it. 8-10 seconds between the login and having a fully booted system is perfect, but a little more is fine.

On Arch, I ran Openbox and I'd just have my autostart.sh configured to load tint2 (taskbar), and the above applets and terminator command to manage the rest. It worked for exactly what I wanted, but after a while, I noticed I always felt like the rest of my OS was only half-finished and I was always in a state of tweaking rather than actually using the system for its purpose. And since I'm liking the idea of a tiling WM more and more, I imagine the applets and stuff will be thrown into the autostart scripts/folders of whatever the WM I choose uses.

If you guys think of anything else that might be helpful at all or have any suggestions for alternative apps, please let me know. I know this is long, but I really appreciate any reads or responses.


tl;dr - How do I remove or add things that start up with X, especially to modify the WM and possibly change from GDM?
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