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Old 02-19-2006, 02:13 AM   #1
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WM Question: Fluxbox v. Blackbox v. Windowmaker


Here is a WM question. It isn't necessarily a slackware question, but users of most other distros don't use WMs as much. Here goes:

What is the difference between Fluxbox and Blackbox? Fluxbox's documentation says "a lot," but that doesn't really mean a whole lot to me. Why is one better than the other?

Windowmaker seems to be a little different beast than these other two. I did a search and couldn't find a lot about windowmaker. Can anyone give me the down and dirty on windowmaker?
 
Old 02-19-2006, 03:55 AM   #2
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It isn't necessarily a slackware question, but users of most other distros don't use WMs as much.
Is that because Slackware users are so leet? Man I wish I was as pro as you...

Fluxbox is pretty average, well it's a good WM on the surface but there are a few minor bugs that get annoying over time and the dev team has a really shitty attitude about it. Kind of like "We don't notice it so go away now kthxbi". Blackbox is a lighter WM, less features but just feels nicer IMO. Never used Windowmaker cause every screenshot I've seen looks like crap.

Why don't you install them? They aren't big or anything...
 
Old 02-19-2006, 10:45 PM   #3
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Good idea. Try them out. I use fluxbox, and don't have any problems with it. It just uses manual configuration files in the .fluxbox directory.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 04:48 AM   #4
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I use blackbox, cause it's fast, minimalist which just suits my needs. And not to mention it's 1337
 
Old 02-20-2006, 05:37 AM   #5
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I use windowmaker i can tell you that it's light, fast, highly configurable and there is an enormous number of dockups for its dock. Give it a try it's worth it.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 02:04 PM   #6
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IceWM is good too. The themes that come with are less straining on the eyes than Fluxbox or Blackbox IMO.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 03:24 PM   #7
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Well i believe that default themes are at the end of list when choosing a wm
 
Old 02-20-2006, 04:29 PM   #8
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My main objectives are light / practical and BLACK colors.

IceWM suits me in the first two, but I din't manage to have black colors on programs (newbie). I have black theme on firefox e.t.c. but xchat and other programs are light gray (bad for my eyes).

KDE awfull to my PIII 500Mhz, slow and ram hungry.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 05:06 PM   #9
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I'm using a ghost in the shell theme (maybe it was only a gits) from themes.freshmeat.net. Of course i changed the desktop.

http://users.atw.hu/pdw/desk.jpg
If you are interested. Yes, no toolbar if wondering
 
Old 02-20-2006, 06:26 PM   #10
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I love Fluxbox - even on 'modern' (high-powered) systems it suits my needs. Blackbox isn't necessarially 'stripped down,' because iirc Fluxbox was bourne of Blackbox. Never used WM.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 12:24 AM   #11
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xchat and other programs are light gray
You need to install and setup a black GTK theme then.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 01:51 AM   #12
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This is more of a Window Maker question, but what are the dock and that paperclip for? I tried to read about it on the documentation, but I couldn't find much about it.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 08:05 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by pdw_hu
I use blackbox, cause it's fast, minimalist which just suits my needs. And not to mention it's 1337
.. same here.. but i use fluxbox ,lol
 
Old 02-21-2006, 01:14 PM   #14
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The dock in WM is used for app launch shortcuts and for the many applets available for things like the clock, battery status, XMMS. Don't remember what the paperclip is for.
 
Old 02-22-2006, 01:33 AM   #15
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The dock in WM is used for app launch shortcuts and for the many applets available for things like the clock, battery status, XMMS. Don't remember what the paperclip is for.
OK, now what is the difference between the dock in WM and the slit in fluxbox?
 
  


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