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#1 2012-06-07 19:54:16

SabreWolfy
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Hybryde Linux

Anyone tried Hybryde Linux?

"Hybryde Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution for the desktop. Its most unusual feature is an option to switch rapidly between multiple desktop environments and window manager without logging out - the list includes Enlightenment 17, GNOME 3 (GNOME Shell and GNOME 3 "Fallback" mode), KDE, LXDE, Openbox, Unity, Xfce and FVWM. This is achieved via a highly customisable Hy-menu, which also allows launching applications and configuring the system. All open applications are carried to any of the available desktops. The system offers an interesting way to work fluidly in a multi-desktop environment."

Digit briefly mentioned it here recently.

Their website appears to be in French only. No idea about what the distribution is in.

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#2 2012-06-07 20:09:42

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Re: Hybryde Linux

Definitely something for a distro hopper to try. But with all that stuff installed... hmm


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#3 2012-06-07 23:52:17

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Re: Hybryde Linux

Anyone had a peek at this Hy-menu to see if there's a way to implement it in other distros?


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#4 2012-06-27 02:47:03

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Re: Hybryde Linux

as i read that, i started to wonder... how hard would that be to write our own menu for that... obviously something wm independent, so i'm thinking 9menu first off, as it works as a great little stand-alone menu which doesnt care which wm it's called from.  nicely portable and universal in configuration too.  smile

this hy-menu is surely worth looking into to get cues for wm switching tho of course.

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#5 2012-06-27 03:02:04

pidsley
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Re: Hybryde Linux

What's wrong with dmenu? It's small, light, and can be customized. Musca uses it for several WM functions, and it can be used as a stand-alone custom menu. It's really much more than the dmenu_run script.

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#6 2012-06-27 03:42:59

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Re: Hybryde Linux

your blurb jumped street curbs after fvwm.  Yes.


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#7 2012-06-27 09:17:39

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Re: Hybryde Linux

Like pidsley, my first thought for implementing this would be to use dmenu.
It shouldn't be *too* difficult: openbox, ratpoison and fvwm, to name but three, can all switch wms on the fly.

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#8 2012-06-27 09:25:02

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Re: Hybryde Linux

What would be the advantage of being able to switch between DE/WM's 'on the fly'?


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#9 2012-06-27 09:48:00

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Re: Hybryde Linux

1: it's a cool trick to be able to do.
2: you want to switch from tiling to stacking or vice-versa (perhaps to use an application like the GIMP), and can't be bothered to log out and back in.
3: you want to be able to demonstrate a concept in a specific wm to someone else and can't be bothered to logout and back in again. (I did this recently, to demonstrate to my brother the difference between tiling and stacking wms and the different things I use the two for).
4: it's still a cool trick.

(So, admittedly, in most cases the answer is 'because I can'.)

ETA: Thinking about how I would go about it:

Determine what wm is running:
if pgrep openbox returns a value
    wm is openbox
else if pgrep scrotwm returns a value
    wm is scrotwm
etc.

killall $WhateverWM && [openbox-session|pekwm|fvwm|scrotwm]

And then pipe the whole lot into dmenu...
Not sure how effectively this would work. Feel free to pick holes in it (or, if it actually has any value, which I doubt) steal some ideas. It would especially be good if there's a better way of determining which wm is running, because this seems horribly hackish and clunky.

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#10 2012-06-27 13:05:55

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Re: Hybryde Linux

^ 5.  You want to change WMs but you don't want to close any open applications, logout of X, log back in, and re-open applications.


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#11 2012-06-28 01:28:02

Digit
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Re: Hybryde Linux

pidsley wrote:

What's wrong with dmenu? It's small, light, and can be customized. Musca uses it for several WM functions, and it can be used as a stand-alone custom menu. It's really much more than the dmenu_run script.

you use dmenu for wm switching... leet idea.   i like it.  smile

here's another link which may prove useful for hybrydising crunchbang:
http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic … nbox-menu/

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#12 2012-06-29 08:03:21

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Re: Hybryde Linux

joek wrote:

1: it's a cool trick to be able to do.
2: you want to switch from tiling to stacking or vice-versa (perhaps to use an application like the GIMP), and can't be bothered to log out and back in.
3: you want to be able to demonstrate a concept in a specific wm to someone else and can't be bothered to logout and back in again. (I did this recently, to demonstrate to my brother the difference between tiling and stacking wms and the different things I use the two for).
4: it's still a cool trick.

(So, admittedly, in most cases the answer is 'because I can'.)

So in other words, it's choice simply for the sake of having choice.


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#13 2012-06-29 09:28:04

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Re: Hybryde Linux

fortyseven wrote:
joek wrote:

1: it's a cool trick to be able to do.
2: you want to switch from tiling to stacking or vice-versa (perhaps to use an application like the GIMP), and can't be bothered to log out and back in.
3: you want to be able to demonstrate a concept in a specific wm to someone else and can't be bothered to logout and back in again. (I did this recently, to demonstrate to my brother the difference between tiling and stacking wms and the different things I use the two for).
4: it's still a cool trick.

(So, admittedly, in most cases the answer is 'because I can'.)

So in other words, it's choice simply for the sake of having choice.

Yes, pretty much. Isn't that what linux is all about, though? Choice.

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