window managers

Drewcore drewsph at
Fri Mar 25 08:00:17 UTC 2005

i just downloaded both blackbox and fluxbox from synaptec. i got an
option on the "sessions" menu for flux but not black. i prefer gnome,
but flux does perform better on this old machine...

On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 22:25:58 -0500, Brian Pack <darkaudit at> wrote:
> On Thursday 24 March 2005 09:55 pm, toyfactory wrote:
> > Hi, I'm thinking about trying to find an alternative to Gnome.  A few
> > years ago I had a vaguely functional Red Hat 7 setup using Enlightenment
> > window manager.  I was able to run a whole load of Gnome apps, so
> > presumably I had all the Gnome libraries installed.  I guess I would be
> > possible to do the same with Ubuntu.  I might try KDE as another
> > heavyweight alternative to Gnome.  But what about all the other,
> > lighter, managers like Enlightenment, Xfce, Fluxbox, Icewm, Afterstep
> > etc.  Is anyone here using something other than Gnome or KDE?  How easy
> > was it to get configured (I'm happy with text files, provided they're
> > easy to find and well documented) and was there any difficulty getting
> > already installed Gnome or KDE apps working with it?
> I'm running fluxbox, and setup was as simple as installing menu and running
> update-menus.
> I'd suggest grabbing Blackbox, Eterm, and the old XV viewer packages to
> maximize compatibility with most style files. (You'll need to Google for XV.
> It's not in the Ubuntu repositories.)
> I've done minimal tweaking in my .fluxbox setup files. I have just a couple of
> items that don't register when I do update-menus, and I have the --no-desktop
> option for Nautilus. Other than that, I've just had to tweak the style files
> to make them play well with gdesklets. Even that was just replacing xv or
> bsetbg with Esetroot.
> The only thing I haven't been able to get the way I want it is automatically
> running gnome-settings-daemon when Fluxbox (or KDE) starts. I've just gotten
> into the habit of going to Apps -> System -> GNOME -> Gnome Control Center.
> If I select something like fonts or sound, it'll start gnome-settings-daemon.
> I'm running GDM, if that helps anyone who might have suggestions here. :)
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