Xmonad/Using xmonad in KDE

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Below configuration is for xmonad 0.5, known to work on Kubuntu


easier system monitoring on laptops with networking widget ability to browse all programs and utitlities with desktop bar (kicker)

starting xmonad

set the KDEWM variable KDEWM=/home/greg/bin/xmonad I don't know where the right place is to do this, so I just inserted this line in /usr/bin/startkde

Dealing with KDE windows

Without doing anything, you now have a working KDE environment. One nice thing is that system notification windows will pop-up as small windows in the upper left window.

Xmonad Configuration

import XMonad import XMonad.Config import qualified Data.Map as M import qualified XMonad.StackSet as W

main = xmonad $ defaultConfig

   , manageHook            = manageHook defaultConfig <+> myManageHook
          myManageHook = composeAll . concat $
          [ [ className   =? c                 --> doFloat | c <- myFloats]
          , [ title       =? t                 --> doFloat | t <- myOtherFloats]
          , [ resource    =? r                 --> doIgnore | r <- myIgnores]
          , [ className   =? "Firefox-bin"     --> doF (W.shift "2:web") ]
          , [ className   =? "Opera"           --> doF (W.shift "2:web") ]
              myIgnores = ["gnome-panel", "desktop_window", "kicker", "KDE Desktop", "KNetworkManager", "KMix", "Power Manager", "KPowersave", "klipper", "knotes", "panel", "stalonetray", "trayer"]
              myFloats        = ["MPlayer", "Gimp", "kdesktop"]
              myOtherFloats   = ["alsamixer"]

After ignoring the KDE kicker and panels, they will all be placed on the first desktop, which should be reserved for these items. It looks kind of odd, but it works.

KDE Configuration

You will probably want to configure the kicker bar to autohide.