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Old 07-25-2017, 12:13 PM   #1
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Custom Linux Interface


I'm looking to make my own custom interface for Linux (Raspian the version of Debian for raspberry pis). I don't want to completely rewrite Linux, just make the main interface custom. Something similar to what RetroPie does, except I'm not looking to make an emulator.

I've read up a bit and saw that a possibility might be to write my own window manager, the problem is I'm not sure if that's what I need to do. If that is the solution, I'm not sure where to learn how to use the XCB libraries.

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Old 07-25-2017, 12:37 PM   #2
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You really need to read about, and use, X11 and probably Wayland also. There really are no substitutes for experience or hard work.
 
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Where do you recommend I start?
 
Old 07-25-2017, 08:40 PM   #4
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A web search for "how to write a Linux window manager" turned up this:

https://seasonofcode.com/posts/how-x...ne-part-i.html

It looks like a good place to start.

An alternative might be to install a window manager (I would recommend Fluxbox or Blackbox), learn how it works and how to configure it, then move on to writing your own.
 
Old 07-25-2017, 09:09 PM   #5
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Hi Ubspy,

Welcome to LQ!

This might get you going: https://www.media.mit.edu/wearables/...w_manager.html
 
  


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