Well ICEWM is are pretty good manager and to make it really usable I needed a couple of features which let me mostly ignore the mouse. Normally I use Window Maker but I've taken a liking to the AsusLauncher so I wanted to implement my normal setup in ICEWM. These features include:
This is all quite straight forward using standard ICEWM features.
Firstly, make the ICEWM home directory:
Then, copy in the default preferences file:
cp /etc/X11/icewm/preferences ~/.icewm
I added the following lines to it to accomplish all but my last goal:
KeyWinMaximize="Alt+m" # Toggle maximised/minimised state ShowWorkspaceStatus=1 # Show workspace name when switching workspaces TaskBarShowWorkspaces=0 # Don't list workspaces on taskbar WorkspaceNames=" One ", " Two ", " Three ", " Four " # Both name and number of workspaces KeySysWorkspacePrev="Alt+h" # Switch workspace KeySysWorkspaceNext="Alt+l" # Switch workspace KeyWinPrev="Alt+j" # Switch window focus KeyWinNext="Alt+k" # Switch window focus KeySysWorkspacePrevTakeWin="Alt+Ctrl+h" # Take window with focus to another workspace KeySysWorkspaceNextTakeWin="Alt+Ctrl+l" # Take window with focus to another workspace TaskBarShowAllWindows=0 # Make sure only windows in current workspace are listed on the taskbar TaskBarShowCollapseButton=0 # Get rid of the taskbar hide handles
I use vi style bindings which I'm very comfortable with. Obviously, you should use whatever your happy with.
Then I created the file ~/.icewm/keys for my shortcuts for launching programs which only has a shortcut for xterm (you could use the file /etc/X11/icewm/keys as a base if you want):
key "Alt+t" xterm -sb -sl 1000
Finally, so that Asuslauncher appears on all the desktops you will have to set its 'sticky' state. That can also be done with ICEWM. Copy the default file
cp /etc/X11/icewm/winoptions ~/.icewm/winoptions
Near the bottom of the file, with the other AsusLauncher options add this:
Obviously the key bindings are all to my taste. Its up to you if you want to even alter your system in this way. If you don't like the changes you can, of course simply delete the files in you ~/.icewm configuration directory.
CTRL+ALT+DEL to launch the ICEWM shutdown dialog; select
Restart to see all your changes.