Xmonad/Config archive/John Goerzen's Configuration
I'm going to take you step-by-step through the process of configuring Xmonad, setting up a status bar with xmobar, setting up a tray with trayer, and making it all play nicely together. I use this exact configuration on everything from a 1024x600 Eee PC to a 1920x1200 24" workstation, and it works well on all of them.
First you'll want to install xmonad. You can find instructions for that on xmonad.org. I'm going to assume xmonad 0.8 here. If you're on Debian sid, you can just run: