This is sample of possible configuration you need to do to have IceWM running with all you need. Following applies for RedHat(9). Placement of files can be bit different.
To have possibility to switch to IceWM in GDM greeter (after start to runlevel 5 = Xwindow), then you need to do following things:
/etc/X11/gdm/Sessions/(gdm is default greeter) file
#!/bin/bash exec /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession icewm
/etc/X11/xdm/Xsessionto understand what "icewm" is (this is not necessary)
#!/bin/bash exec /usr/local/bin/icewm-session
To configure all of IceWM options go to sections about configuration.
Generally all you need to customize IceWM globaly, is to edit
Usually people want to have icons on desktop. One of most simple applications that can
satisfy this need is
idesk (see Tools to find it). I personaly recommend
to use 0.3.x version - this has almost no requirements and is really simple.
Configuration of idesk is almost as easy as configuration of IceWM, but has one disadvantage: idesk does not have in version 0.3.x global configuration file - therefore each user needs to have proper configuration file in his/her home.
To configure idesk you need to:
~/.ideskrcfile with content like this
table Config FontName: Helvetica FontSize: 9 FontColor: #ffffff PaddingX: 35 PaddingY: 25 Locked: true HighContrast: false Transparency: 50 Shadow: true ShadowColor: #000000 ShadowX: 1 ShadowY: 1 Bold: false end
whatever.lnkfiles into it, with content like this
table Icon Caption: Mozilla Command: mozilla Icon: /usr/share/pixmaps/mozilla-icon.png X: 22 Y: 13 end
~/.icewm/startupfile (for details see Configuration section). In case of idesk you can add line:
idesk > /dev/null & # start idesk - desktop icon manager
To have some "control center" like application you can use Vadim A. Khohlov's
IceWM Control center. (see Tools to find it) His utility is also very simple, fast and has editors
for all of the IceWM options.
To integrate it into menu you have to edit
/usr/local/share/icewm/menu and add there line like this
prog "Control Center" "icecc_icon" icecc
Please note that icecc needs some other programs like gvim and python to work properly.