LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 04-16-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
hongman
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Location: UK
Distribution: Knoppix 3.7
Posts: 285

Rep: Reputation: 35
From KDE to Fluxbox


Hi all

I have seen fluxbox mentioned a few times here and there, and today I took a look at the website and it looks quite nice, something I think I'd like to try.

But being a Linux newbie, I would like to know, what kind of changes am I going to need to know about?

I know that the whole window management is going to be different, but do I have to do any kind of re-configuring for packages I already have installed, etc?

Is this process quite easy and pain-free, or am I expected to put a few hours/days into it?

Thanks for the opinions!

Hong
 
Old 04-16-2005, 12:04 PM   #2
dcdbutler
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Boston
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 502

Rep: Reputation: 30
Quote:
Is this process quite easy and pain-free, or am I expected to put a few hours/days into it?
Naturally, it's not going to be totally pain-free or easy, but it'll be worth it. Just follow the documentation at fluxbox.sourceforge.net and get the development version 0.9.12 (which is quite stable now) to make use of all the functionality.

You'll be able to use programs you had installed for KDE. For example, if you want to use k3b, you just need to edit ~/.fluxbox/menu and add an executable for k3b in that file (fluxbox comes with a pretty good example menu file). Or you could start it up from the command line.

To get fluxbox to start instead of KDE, you'll have to edit your ~/.xinitrc file, but that's not hard and if you have any probs, post back here.

And remember man fluxbox

Cheers

Edit: Sorry for assuming you were using KDE, you could be using Gnome I suppose

Last edited by dcdbutler; 04-16-2005 at 12:07 PM.
 
Old 04-16-2005, 12:10 PM   #3
hongman
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Location: UK
Distribution: Knoppix 3.7
Posts: 285

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 35
Ok, so I'll need to add all my KDE stuff into Fluxbox menu, thats ok. Dont use that much anyway, only Xine, GTK-Gnutella, k3b few others....

I heard FB is a lot less resource hog than KDE, is this true?

I will be installing FB once i have finished upgrading my Kernel.

What are the main plus points (In your opinion) to FB over KDE? Except looks of course, FB looks the dogs b*******!
 
Old 04-16-2005, 12:30 PM   #4
dcdbutler
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Boston
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 502

Rep: Reputation: 30
You've got a kick-ass computer so everything will run pretty quick on it, but yes, fluxbox is based on the very mimimal blackbox window manager and is minimal compared to something like kde which comes with all sorts of programs bundled up in the base package.

The main reason I like it is that you can configure it from the base up and totally personalise it.

You can always go back to using kde later if you want to, but I don't think you'll want to.
 
Old 04-16-2005, 12:39 PM   #5
hongman
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Location: UK
Distribution: Knoppix 3.7
Posts: 285

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 35
Quote:
You've got a kick-ass computer so everything will run pretty quick on it,
Thanks!

Quote:
You can always go back to using kde later if you want to, but I don't think you'll want to.
I'm gathering from that you are a fluxbox fan

Is it easy to personalise?
 
Old 04-16-2005, 02:02 PM   #6
jong357
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: Columbus, OH
Distribution: DIYSlackware
Posts: 1,914

Rep: Reputation: 52
Theres a command to run that wil update your menu. Forget what it is called. It should already be listed in the fluxbox menu. It hunts for known programs and automatically adds then to the menu. Shouldn't really have to manually add anything unless it's an obscure program that flux doesn't know about.

Don't let anyone fool you. It's quite a transition from Gnome or KDE. One thing you'll want is a file manager. If you already have konqueror or Nautilus installed, I'd use them. You'll feel lost if you don't... No desktop icons is another big thing that you have to get used to. There are some addons to Flux that let you have a "desktop" tho....

You just need to give it time. It's actually a nice WM...

Last edited by jong357; 04-16-2005 at 02:05 PM.
 
Old 04-16-2005, 02:17 PM   #7
hongman
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Location: UK
Distribution: Knoppix 3.7
Posts: 285

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 35
Thanks jong.

I use Konquerer at the mo, prob stick to that.
 
Old 04-16-2005, 02:27 PM   #8
dcdbutler
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Boston
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 502

Rep: Reputation: 30
I'd suggest using the rox file manager, it's lightweight, not difficult to use and you certainly shouldn't feel lost with it.

The automatic menu generation tool is
$ fluxbox-generate_menu

I think this should run when you first install flux, then you configure the menu the way you want to.
 
Old 04-16-2005, 02:31 PM   #9
hongman
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Location: UK
Distribution: Knoppix 3.7
Posts: 285

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 35
Thanks dcdbulter.

Well, I am nearly thru with my kernel upgrade, then I'll do fluxbox, prob next weekend.

 
Old 04-17-2005, 03:08 PM   #10
hongman
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Location: UK
Distribution: Knoppix 3.7
Posts: 285

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 35
Ok, on ./configure I am doing
Code:
./configure --with-kde
I am gett error:

Could not find XOpenDisplay in -lX11

WHat does this mean?
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Changing from KDE to fluxbox Dachy Slackware 3 06-08-2005 02:42 AM
fluxbox+KDE? dreamhacker Linux - Newbie 2 08-31-2004 01:02 PM
My startx goes kde, i want fluxbox Balkman Linux - Newbie 6 07-25-2004 02:01 PM
Fluxbox: Enabling KDE using package install of fluxbox underline Linux - Software 0 12-27-2003 10:11 AM
from kde -> fluxbox austinjreid Mandriva 2 08-28-2003 08:19 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:20 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration