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denizen 08-26-2004 08:22 PM

Blackbox vs. Openbox vs. fluxbox
I am very interested in trying blackbox,fluxbox, or openbox.I have read up on the features of each.

I was wondering which one linux users prefer and why.

Tinkster 08-26-2004 08:28 PM

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62chevy 08-26-2004 09:05 PM

i believe fluxbox is the most popular.

i've tried blackbox but found it didn't have the keyboard commands i like and bgset didn't work with my LFS distro. so went with windowmaker. just installed fluxbox but just haven't had time to set it up yet :( now openbox have to check it out. got a link :)

Crashed_Again 08-27-2004 02:25 AM

Fluxbox rocks your socks off!

mikshaw 08-27-2004 09:48 AM

I prefer Fluxbox, latest development release. If I were on a much older system (e.g. less than ~200mhz/64mb), I'd go with Fluxbox stable. Blackbox is just too limited to go back to it.

Proud 08-28-2004 04:40 AM

What about Waimea?

Crashed_Again 08-28-2004 04:48 AM

Never heard of it so it must suck. Haha...just kidding. Waimea doesn't nearly have the flexibility that fluxbox has.

ghostwalker 08-28-2004 04:51 AM

I prefer Fluxbox which is under current and vast development. I use the CVS for my version, I update my version weekly.
But, the new dev of waimea are make vast changes and it is in current development I think? They started changes 3 months ago. They are using XML for menu and style configs. This may have some promise because it is on


Ninaw 12-01-2004 08:39 PM

I'm currently using Openbox 3, a standards-compliant window manager. It's still young, but looks quite promising. It's config files are already in XML, and allows Emacs-style (chainable) keybindings. It looks pretty good as well. Anti-aliasing is on by default. If you're a keyboard-person like me, OB3 is a good choice, and it doesn't take much screen estate. Titlebar button (close, maximize, etc...) positions are also customizable. I also like its window snapping feature. One thing I'd like to see is transparency. But as I said, it's pretty young.

In the past I used Fluxbox stable, which is quite good. The tabs are a nifty feature but in the long run I didn't find them to be as effective as I thought they would be. I tried Fluxbox devel but found it not as responsive as I would like, even on my Athlon XP 1800+ box. I also had several window focus issues that, although minor, annoyed the hell out of me.

I haven't tried Blackbox.

hw-tph 12-01-2004 11:08 PM

I have used them all a lot, and for some time now I have been holding on to OpenBox. I am really fond of the easy XML config files and the simplicity of it all.

Oh, and believe me - it's quick. Really quick. Starts in a fraction of a second on my laptop (obligatory screenshot).


kpex 12-01-2004 11:44 PM

Re: Blackbox vs. Openbox vs. fluxbox

Originally posted by denizen
I am very interested in trying blackbox,fluxbox, or openbox.I have read up on the features of each.

I was wondering which one linux users prefer and why.

I was in the same position some time ago, switching from KDE, and I've found that fluxbox fits all my needs very well. It's highly configurable and very fast. There is a wide range of styles available on and you can configure every aspect of the window manager, and add custom keyboard commands.

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