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Replacing GNOME's metacity and gnome-panel with the awesome window manager

  1. Build confuse and imlib2 from within their respective source directories using:
    ./configure --prefix=$HOME/Root --disable-shared
    make all install
    
  2. Build awesome from within its source directory using:
    PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$HOME/Root/lib/pkgconfig ./configure --prefix=$HOME/Root
    
  3. Add $HOME/Root/bin to your .bash_profile/.bashrc.
  4. Set the contents of $HOME/.local/share/applications/awesome.desktop to:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Version=1.0
    Type=Application
    Name=Awesome
    Comment=The awesome launcher!
    TryExec=awesome
    Exec=awesome
    
  5. Use gconf-editor to:
    1. edit the values at /desktop/gnome/session/required_components_list, ensuring only windowmanager and terminal are present,
    2. set the value of /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager to awesome, and
    3. set the value of /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/terminal to gnome-terminal.
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