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[ Skippy] is a full-screen task-switcher for X11. It will arrange and scale snapshots of all windows on the current desktop and it'll let you pick a window using a mouse or a keyboard.


If you have Breezy or Dapper, the package will be in the universe repository:

sudo apt-get install skippy

If not, you'll have to download the debian package:


and install it:

sudo dpkg -i skippy_0.5.0-1_i386.deb



nano ~/.skippyrc

and change line 24 to read:


It's better than having F11!


Start it with the following command:



If you get such error messages:

WARNING: Couldn't load config file '/home/stubby/.skippyrc'
X Error of failed request:  BadAccess (attempt to access private resource denied)

You probably are missing the .skippyrc file. We need to make one in that case:

gedit ~/.skippyrc

copy and paste the following lines:

# Copy this to ~/.skippyrc and edit it to your liking
# Notes:
# - keysym can be anything XStringToKeysym can handle
#   (like F11, KP_Enter or implementation specific keysyms)
# - colors can be anything XAllocNamedColor can handle
#   (like "black" or "#000000")
# - distance is a relative number, and is scaled according to the scale
#   factor applied to windows
# - fonts are Xft font descriptions
# - booleans are "true" or anything but "true" (-> false)
# - opacity is an integer in the range of 0-255
# - brighness is a floating point number (with 0.0 as neutral)

keysym = Scroll_Lock
distance = 50
useNETWMFullscreen = true
ignoreSkipTaskbar = false

showAll = false

brightness = 0.0
tint = white
opacity = 100
border = gray33

brightness = 0.05
tint = #d0d0ff
opacity = 255
border = #d0d0ff

show = false
border = black
background = #e0e0ff
text = yellow
font = fixed-11:weight=bold

now save the file

If the permission is wrong then change it (but shouldn't be the case):

sudo chown [username]:[username] ~/.skippyrc
sudo chmod u+rxw ~/.skippyrc

replace username by your username

Approach from Source

Read the [ howto] for compiling from source.

Credits: [ HOWTO: Compile skippy (Exposé like features for Hoary)]