In the war between Gnome and KDE, I choose to
despise them both. As a result, I spend most of my time in a simple
and uncluttered X session I start with my own
~/.xsession file, and I use the fvwm window
manager (which does what I tell it to, not what Gnome or
KDE thinks is best for me).
Here is a tarball with
a sample of my fvwm configuration related files. It is
not complete, but it gives you an idea of what I'm doing.
Note that newer version of Fedora make things difficult if you
want to run your own
~/.xsession file to start your
session. First you need to
xorg-x11-xinit-session, then you need to notice the obscure
pull down menu at the very bottom of the screen that only appears
after you select a user, but before you type your password and tell
it to use a custom script for login.
Naturally, I still need to sometimes run apps from the
Gnome or KDE world, so I can't completely ignore all of
the cruft they require.
What follows are some choice excerpts from the
~/.xsession file I use to start my fvwm
killall -9 gnome-keyring-daemon
New in Fedora 8, the
apparently started on login by
gdm. I spent a little
while trying to find out if there was a way to make it stop, then
gave up, and I just kill it off as almost the first thing in my
if [ -z "$DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS" ]
echo .xsession starting dbus
eval `dbus-launch --sh-syntax --exit-with-session`
echo dbus already started
There is no way you can run anything of note these days without a
dbus daemon already going. The above code gets dbus started if it
isn't already running.
xrdb -all -remove
xrdb -load $HOME/.Xdefaults
It is an annoying fact that no GTK programs will render
fonts readably unless they have access to the custom font settings
you can establish by running
(in Fedora 8 or later) or
earlier Fedora versions). Unfortunately they can't just read these
settings from some file, apparently they must make contact with the
gnome-settings-daemon to operate properly, so it is
essential to get it started.
KDE apps aren't as picky about fonts. You can run
kcontrol to bring up the
center, and make font settings, and they will stick in KDE
apps without needing to manually startup a session wide daemon
gnome-settings-daemon doesn't stop at providing font
rendering info. It also does things like load annoying X resources
into your server's resource database. This makes all old legacy Xt
and Motif apps look like hell, so the above code gives the daemon a
few seconds to get started, then flushes the crap it just loaded into
the resource database and loads my own resources (which I actually
gnome-settings-daemon will also start the screen
saver nonsense unless you run
gconf-editor and disable
the screen saver startup.
Another good thing to do in
gconf-editor is disable
the drawing of the desktop, otherwise whatever you do in your own
startup script to set the background will be overwritten when
gnome-settings-daemon starts up.
In newer versions of
gnome-settings-daemon the hard
coded crap like the X resource loading seems to have been moved to
plugins which, if you poke around enough, you can find flags for in
gconf-editor and disable them, so perhaps the
xrdb nonsense above isn't necessary.