Windowmaker on S10 x86

So, a bunch of us were bitching about the bloat and slowness of GNOME - and before you spam me, personally I find GNOME bloated and slow. It's my opinion, and I'm entitled to it. Anyhow, I decided to do something about it, and install Windowmaker and see how it compared.

As it turned out, this was a lot simpler than I imagined. FYI, here's how I did it....

1) Go to blastwave and download the pkg-get application. Install it on your workstation using pkgadd.
2) Edit your /etc/pkg-get.conf appropriately. By default it will look to sunfreeware.com, which gets very busy. I changed mine as below. Add in your proxy server if required.

# See http://www.sunfreeware.com/ftp.html for other mirrors
#url=http://mirrors.xmission.com/sunfreeware

# North american site for CSW packages, instead of sunfreeware ones
url=http://ibiblio.org/pub/packages/solaris/csw/unstable/
3) Run the pkg-get binary, to get a catalog. ./pkg-get -U My binary is in /opt/csw/bin
4) Type pkg-get -i windowmaker The pkg-get magic, automatically gets all the required packages for you and installs in the right order.
5) Once finished you'll want to have Windowmaker appear in the list of available window managers at the desktop login screen.
6) Simply follow this script, you can directly cut and paste the text files linked off of the page.
7) Logout of your existing window manager, and login under windowmaker.

That's it.

Comments:

The script link appears to be broken

Posted by Chris Gerhard on April 08, 2005 at 11:37 AM BST #

Now fixed, thanks Chris.

Posted by Gary Little on April 11, 2005 at 02:15 AM BST #

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