Tutorials/Tips, Ubuntu

Install Razor-qt on Ubuntu 12.10

Razor-qt is a relatively new desktop environment built atop Qt technologies. From the ground up, it is designed to be resource-friendly, so that it can run on old and new computers alike. It hasn’t gotten a lot of press, but I’ve been keeping track of its development since it was started.

The latest edition is Razor-qt 0.5.2. This article shows how to install it on Ubuntu 12.10 or any other edition of Ubuntu you might be running.

Because it is a relatively new project, do not be surprised at the occasional application-crash or some other error that signals instability in the system.

Installing Razor-qt in Ubuntu involves adding the repository, updating the applications database, and finally, installing the Razor-qt packages.

1. Add Razor-qt Repository: To add the Razor-qt repository to your software sources, type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:razor-qt

2. Update Applications Database: To update the applications database, type: sudo apt-get update

3. Install Razor-qt: You can install it from the command line or via the Software Center, if you prefer working with a graphical interface. From the command line (first launch a terminal), type: sudo apt-get install razorqt

To install it via a graphical interface, start Software Center and search for “razorqt.”
Install Razor-qt Ubuntu 12.10

After installation, log out, then log back in. Be sure to select Razor Desktop from the Session menu.
Razor-qt Session Ubuntu 12.10

You’ll see this small window after the login screen. What the system requires is a window manager to work with. Razor-qt can use any window manager. Your choice here will depend on what your distribution is using. Click on Other… and then on the OK button.
Razor-qt Ubuntu Window Manager

Ubuntu uses the Lightdm window manager. You will, however, not find it under /usr/bin, but rather, under /usr/sbin. So you need to change the directory here.
Razor-qt Ubuntu Window Manager

Now you should be in the /usr/sbin directory. The choice should be lightdm-session.
Razor-qt Ubuntu Window Manager Lightdm

I included this screen shot to show what the wrong choice is. If you chose lightdm in error, go back to the previous screen and select lightdm-session.
Razor-qt Ubuntu 12.10

This is the default Razor-qt desktop. In some ways, it looks like a GNOME 2 or Cinnamon or MATE desktop. But unlike those desktop environments, it is, like KDE, built on Qt technologies.
Razor-qt Desktop Ubuntu 12.10

It uses the old-style or classic menu. Note that some of the menu entries are specific to the Unity desktop, so don’t expect them to work.
Razor-qt Desktop Menu Ubuntu 12.10

Like KDE, pressing the Alt and F2 keys will start the built-in search tool. Here, it is called Razor-runner, not Krunner.
Razor-qt Alt Runner Ubuntu 12.10

Razor-qt-specific configurations tools are incorporated into the control center.
Razor-qt Settings Ubuntu 12.10

These two screen shots have been included just to show a couple of the applications that crashed on my test system. Rebooting or login out and then back in fixed whatever bug caused them to crash.
Error Razor-qt Ubuntu 12.10

Error Razor-qt Ubuntu 12.10

Related Posts

Install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 14.10 For both new and experienced users, most especially for new users, System Settings, Ubuntu's graphical management application, offers a simple, point-...
4 Free Software alternatives to Matlab For those involved in data analysis, numerical computation and taks of that nature, Matlab is an industry standard software to use, though it is not ...
Install NetworkManager on Hymera Open The network manager application that comes pre-installed on Hymera Open, a Debian-based, desktop-oriented GNU/Linux operating system, is Wicd. While ...
Customizing Simply Linux 5 Simply Linux 5 is a distro from the same team that publishes ALT Linux. The first review of this distro on this site has just been published. This pos...
How to customize Mageia 4 KDE Mageia 4 has just been released. Screen shots from test installations of the Cinnamon, KDE and GNOME 3 editions have already been published (see Magei...
How to dual-boot Fedora 15 and Windows 7 Previous tutorials published on this website about dual-booting Fedora and Windows 7 have shown how to do it by creating partitions for Fedora manuall...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


4 Comments

  1. LightDM is an X DISPLAY MANAGER that aims to be light, fast, extensible and multi-desktop.

  2. WAT?!? lightdm as Window Manager? lightDM is a Desktop Manager. Windows managers would be openbox, kwin, compiz, metacity…
    See https://github.com/Razor-qt/razor-qt/wiki/Window-Managers

  3. Pingback: Links 30/1/2013: Android Market Share at 70% | Techrights

  4. My biggest problem with razorQT is its lack of a way to switch mouse buttons. As a lefty, that function is important. I had to insert a command/setting into the auto start of the razorQTsession config.

    xmodmap -e “pointer = 3 2 1 4 5”

    A user should not have to do that.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*