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I like to put things that I didn't write, and are not really experimental, into /usr/new. You may prefer /usr/local. (To me, if I didn't write it, it's not "local".)
Wherever you install, set your PATH and LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variables to include them. Probably put this in ~/.bash_profile. if you used /usr/local instead of /usr/new you probably don't have to do that.
Log off the usual GNOME or KDE or whatever you usually run. Then, as root, telinit 3 switches you to Run Level 3, which is for non-graphical logins, in Fedora Core or Red Hat Linux.
Log in on a normal console virtual terminal.
Start the windowing system known as X using the old 'xinit' command, rather than the newfangled 'startx' command.
if your ~/.xinit is clean, you should get a single xterm shell and no window manager at all.
Start ion. The first thing you need to know is that F2 gets you a new xterm. (Also F12 gives you a little Start Menu with a few options.)
Until you figure out the key bindings, you can mouse-click on the tabs at the top to change windows. You can also right-click on those tabs to get a close-window menu.
Use the xmodmap command to find out what your X server thinks your Mod keys are. Mine look like this:
$ xmodmap xmodmap: up to 3 keys per modifier, (keycodes in parentheses): shift Shift_L (0x32), Shift_R (0x3e) lock Caps_Lock (0x42) control Control_L (0x25), Control_R (0x6d) mod1 Alt_L (0x40), Alt_L (0x7d), Meta_L (0x9c) mod2 Num_Lock (0x4d) mod3 mod4 Super_L (0x7f), Hyper_L (0x80) mod5 Mode_switch (0x5d), ISO_Level3_Shift (0x7c) $
By default, ion is using "mod1" for its special key (notice the "Alt_L" by "mod1"). I don't like that, because I use "Alt" with left or right arrows to change tabs in my mozilla. Nothing that I use does anything with the Silly Window Key that's next to my Alt key, so I want ion to use that. I make the guess that the Silly Window Key is either "Super_L" or "Hyper_L" that is mapped to "mod4". This guess turns out to be right.
This is the main configuration file for ion. It's written in an elegant little scripting language called Lua. Near the top of it we find this:
-- Set default modifier. Alt should usually be mapped to Mod1 on -- XFree86-based systems. The flying window keys are probably Mod3 -- or Mod4; see the output of 'xmodmap'. DEFAULT_MOD = "Mod1+"
To make ion use the Silly Windows Key instead of Alt, I just change "Mod1+" to "Mod4+":
-- Set default modifier. Alt should usually be mapped to Mod1 on -- XFree86-based systems. The flying window keys are probably Mod3 -- or Mod4; see the output of 'xmodmap'. DEFAULT_MOD = "Mod4+"
Use F12 -> Exit -> Restart to make ion see your changes to the configuration files.
Next I'm going to start changing the ion-bindings and I'll have to get back to you whan I'm done. (Right now, too many basic keysequences are related to which screen you're on, but I only have one screen, so I want to change those.)
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