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Old 05-22-2006, 02:38 PM   #1
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How to customise Fluxbox?

Hi can anyone point me to a clear, super easy to follow tutorial on how to configure and customise Fluxbox?

Mainly i just want to know how to add desktop icons, how to change the background and what fluxbox specific apps are aviable that I could use? (having a volume slider for example would be very nice).

Any hints, tips, or useful suggestions anyone can offer me would be very much appreciated.

Old 05-22-2006, 02:40 PM   #2
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Fluxbox doesn't come with anything that enables desktop icons. Take a look at the Fluxbox documentation and the homepage for a program called iDesk that enables those desktop icons. As for the Fluxbox specific programs, Fluxbox can run most programs that also run in KDE and Gnome that provide the volume sliding functionality as long as it has the ability to run in the toolbar.


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Old 05-22-2006, 03:58 PM   #3
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Yes I knew about iDesk - I wasn't under any illusion that fluxbox supported desktop icons directly. I also know that fluxbox can run just about any Gnome or KDE app - that wasn't what I was asking, I was asking if there were any fluxbox specific apps that anyone knew of that might be interesting for me to look at? (for example some kind of menu updating tool would be nice - as fluxbox appears to have missed a large number of my installed applications).

As for the docs I already had a look through them - and to be honest (like a lot of docs) they proved a bit dry for my tastes, so I was rather looking more along the lines of a link to an enthusiast's configutation guide - or flucxbox made simple, or something like that.

To be honest if it was just a question of 'read the docs' and 'use KDE/Gnome apps, here would hardly be any point in me asking.

I have been a KDE user for 5 years and I am simply looking for some clear concise and easy to follow tips on how to get the most out of fluxbocx as an alternative WM.

Old 05-22-2006, 05:48 PM   #4
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Try this from the fluxbox wiki fluxbox-generate_menu -h or , gkrellm can be customized to include all sorts of plugins to support volume control etc..
Old 05-22-2006, 06:02 PM   #5
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i always found the fluxbox documentation really good, especially the FAQ -- short, to the point, and easy to find the answers. you might want to take a second look, it's a good resource.



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