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Kenster 12-08-2003 05:29 AM

Gnome to Blackbox
 
well,

im thinking on moving from gnome to blackbox.

couple of questions

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?

Baldrick65 12-08-2003 05:43 AM

Re: Gnome to Blackbox
 
Quote:

Originally posted by Kenster
well,

im thinking on moving from gnome to blackbox.

couple of questions

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]

HTH
Baldrick

cjp 12-08-2003 06:58 AM

Blackbox & easiness
 
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.

BrianNJ 12-08-2003 08:02 AM

i'd recommend installing bbconf to help you set up blackbox. blackbox's menu's and configuration are all text file based, and unless you know all the commands, it might be a p.i.t.a.

http://bbconf.sourceforge.net/

Kenster 12-08-2003 12:25 PM

okay installed the rpm.

any ideas how i get it to boot up instaed of gnome.

Im not being given an option to choose

german 12-08-2003 11:16 PM

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

#!/bin/bash -login

/etc/X11/xdm/Xsession blackbox

And then in /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession there is a part which says something like:

case "$1" in
failsafe)
xsetroot -solid SteelBlue
exec xterm -geometry 80x24-0-0
;;
kde)
exec startkde
;;
gnome)
exec gnome-session
;;
....
esac

Right above the esac add

blackbox)
exec /path/to/blackbox
;;

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).

HTH

B.


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