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Well, I've tried a couple distros of Linux, and one thing I'm looking for is a great WM. I have to stare at the screen all day (Comp. Sci. Major) so I don't want something that looks like total hell. I want something that is very simple, but still pleasent and unobtrusive. I need all the screen real-estate I can get, but Ratpoisen and such make me want to gouge my eyes out. FVWM also hurts me. So far as I've seen, BlackBox is nearly perfect, but I was wondering if there were any quicker WMs or ones with special advantages over Blackbox.
Also: on a related note, I'm running Fedora Core 3 (2.92, but it's frozen). I want to add Blackbox to the login manager. How do I do that, exactly?
I haven't tried all of the choices out there, but I would second Fluxbox. It has extra features like an easily-editable menu. With themes you can get something reasonably-good looking without using a lot of system resources. As for screen real estate, the "taskbar" defaults to being very small, and you can auto-hide it for even more space.
I must also throw in a vote for Fluxbox. I use it, though I don't really know why; Blackbox is almost identical unless you're interested in the added features of Flux. Window tabs are a nice idea, but I've not yet found them to be useful. Try it out and see for yourself; I find that either BB or Flux gives me everything I need in a window manager - no more, no less.
I used Blackbox and really enjoyed it until I tried IceWM and have been a devoted fan of IceWM ever since. I still keep Blackbox available for rare days when I'm feeling just a bit more "minimal" than usual.
IceWM can be as austere as Blackbox; the taskbar is completely customizable; it can disappear or not, as you wish; the configuration files are easy to edit by hand, or you can use various GUI's for the task; there are literally hundreds of themes, many of them actually pleasant ...
And neither Blackbox nor IceWM has ever crashed on me, as far as I know. I can't say the same for Windowmaker, for example. Evolution never would run right for me and was way too fancy to suit me. FVWM I found awkward though it's hugely customizable and many swear by it for that reason. I could never succeed in getting fluxbox installed to try it, though I've always wanted to.
I installed it, but it wouldn't load. I get an error message saying that it cannot initialize some fonts including the WING widget set. I used installpkg to install the tgz file. Is it possible that I need to download the fonts?
Originally posted by starionwolf I installed it, but it wouldn't load. I get an error message saying that it cannot initialize some fonts including the WING widget set. I used installpkg to install the tgz file. Is it possible that I need to download the fonts?
If it's just missing some fonts I think I'd try a forced installation with no dependencies and see what happens. But a widget set if I'm not mistaken is part of a tool-kit that supplies things like shapes of buttons, etc., and that might be something Windowmaker can't do without... Even so, can't see that it would hurt to try a forced installation, however you do that with your distribution.