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Mmmm Fluxbox

Posted 12-14-2008 at 01:25 AM by lumak

Why didn't anybody tell me fluxbox is everything that blackbox could be with active development. Every feature I tried to add to blackbox my self (basically through scripts) is already in fluxbox and then some!

I tried openbox briefly because the reviews and descriptions made it sound more of what I wanted... BUT I'm sold on fluxbox now. what was the last feature that I found in it that spurred this message? A customizable tool bar + system tray to-boot! It also doesn't freak out when changing the font sizes and shrinking to smaller than it really should go.

Among other great features that I implemented my self for blackbox through scripts was a menu generator and a backbground cache/setup type thing. Both of these are in fluxbox and easy to use!

I also felt like playing with the very pointless transparency features. Also to my amazement, well supported by fluxbox.

Awesome Job Indeed.

What could one complain about? the config files are not xml... BUT they are intuitive and human readable. Additionally, the config files go into .fluxbox instead of .config/fluxbox... not a big deal I guess... I'm sure I can also edit an .xinitrc file to set that up for me... There are a few other things... but I'm still much happier with fluxbox.

Good bye blackbox .70... you will be missed... wait no... all your same features are in fluxbox and then some... You will be remembered.

I was going to post in general... but I figure I'll get just as many comments or people interested in my opinion by posting here.
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    I love fluxbox. After I discovered it, I've run it on every machine I could possibly install it on (Windows boxes and Servers excluded, of course). It's quite a nice lightweight window manager, and with the right color scheme and transparency it can look *very* slick.

    I would've told you about fluxbox had I only known you were looking for a blackbox replacement =)
    Posted 12-14-2008 at 07:22 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline


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