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1. how easy is it?
2. will I need to reconfigure my lilo? since I have a dual boot system at hte moment?
any advise siggestions of tutorials on how to do this./
I have the rpm for the latest release of blackbox, and I know how to install it but do I need to reconfigure X after I do it or will it automitucally default to blackbox?
[list=1][*]It's not any easier or harder, just different [*]No ... Lilo doesn't care which window manager you're using.[*]When you log in, you usually have a choice of which desktop manager you want to use. Just pick blackbox.[/list=1]
I'm a happy backbox user for more than a year now. I previously used to work in KDE.
Blackbox is much more simple than GNOME or KDE. It's not really m$ window$-like, and it lacks a lot of features you expect to see in GNOME or KDE, but it just does whatever you need, & for the rest you just use the GNOME or KDE apps (e.g. for file/web browsing, word processing, application development etc.). The only thing that Blackbox provides is window management & a start menu (right-click on the desktop for that). That's why it's so easy to learn & why it starts extremely fast.
To choose Blackbox at startup should be done on the login window. If your login window doesn't provide the choice between different window managers then you should configure it. I see that you use RedHat & GNOME, so your login manager is probably gdm. I guess GNOME has a control center item for this program, or a configuration program in the start menu.
if you're running GDM you can edit (usually) the /etc/X11/gdm/Sessions dir to include another executable script, which will add another option to your Sessions menu at boot. After installing blackbox I added this in a file called /etc/X11/gdm/Sessions/BlackBox
And then in /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession there is a part which says something like:
And you'll see a new menu option in GDM, which will start blackbox unless you mistyped something (or redhat 9 doesn't work the same way, and honestly I don't know, it might. This is all from Slackware).