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This article focuses specifically on the initial setup and use of Sabayon Linux: Awesome. The Awesome spin of Sabayon Linux made it's debut with Sabayon 7 and is considered an "experimental" release. It was started by Brian Tomlinson <[email protected]> in collaboration with other Sabayon developers in an attempt to cater to the power user crowd.

What is "Awesome"?

(Taken from the Awesome website)
"awesome is a highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. It is very fast, extensible and licensed under the GNU GPLv2 license. It is primarly targeted at power users, developers and any people dealing with every day computing tasks and who want to have fine-grained control on theirs graphical environment."


Sabayon Linux: Awesome uses the same installer as all other versions of Sabayon, that is, Anaconda. If booting into the graphical installation does not work automatically, it can be manually started by executing the following command in a terminal as user:

 $ /usr/bin/liveinst 

From there, follow the prompts as normal until the installer tells you that it's time to reboot. Once booted, enjoy your new Sabayon Linux system!

Relevant starting information

Default Keybindings

Awesome's default "mod" key is Mod4, this is generally the "Windows Key" on most U.S. Keyboard layouts. This list is not exhaustive and is only meant to be a starting point for you to use your desktop in everyday tasks.

Run Prompt: Mod4+r

This prompt accepts all arguments as if the desired program were to be run from within a terminal.

Open Default Terminal: Mod4+Enter (Carriage Return)

Executes the default terminal as entered into /etc/xdg/awesome/rc.lua or ~/.config/awesome/rc.lua if using a per-user setup.

Maximize Client (Window): Mod4+m

Adjusts the size of the client in focus to to take up the whole screen if using the Floating layout (default).

Minimize Client: Mod4+n

Drops the client in focus to the wibox (top bar).

Close/Quit Client: Mod4+Shift+c

Ends the currently focused client's process (same functionality as file>quit).

Switch To New Tag (Work Space): Mod4+1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9

Changes current Tag view to the selected number. Regardless of custom tag names, the numerical identifier does not change.

Move Client To Specified Tag: Mod4+Shift+1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9

Sends the currently focused client to the numerically assigned tag.

Drag Client (Mouse): Mod4+LMB (Left Mouse Button)

Moves the currently focused client beneath the mouse pointer to wherever the pointer goes so long as the left mouse button remains held.

Dynamically Resize Client (Mouse): Mod4+RMB (Right Mouse Button)

Resizes the currently focused client beneath the mouse pointer to user specification based on mouse input so long as the right mouse button remains held.

Initial Setup

Once you have logged in to Sabayon you will be met with a minimalistic default as provided by the developers of the Awesome Window Manager (