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A straightforward but powerful window manager.
Openbox has been my window manager of choice for years now. Over that time, I've amassed some significant knowledge which I'll try to maintain here.
A component of LXDE.
- Simple Openbox themerc
- minimal openbox style
- versus Blackbox
Openbox configuration has old notes.
- While supposedly not abandoned, Openbox has bugs reaching back to 2007.
theme update -- Blackbox/Fluxbox themes converted to Openbox.
- 2020-03-10 - 3.6.1 on Debian 9.9.0-i386-xfce-CD-1
- 2020-03-10 - 3.6.1 on Debian 10.1.0-amd64-xfce-CD-1
- 2016-03-28 - 3.5.2 on Slackware 14.1
- 2016-03-26 - 3.5.2 on Lubuntu 14.04.4 LTS
- 2015-05-12 - (version not recorded) on Slax 7.0.8 x86_64
~2009-04? - 3.5.0 on Lubuntu (version not recorded)
- Default with Lubuntu. Working wonderfully.
2009-04-17 - 18.104.22.168 on (distribution not recorded)
- 2008-11-17 or earlier - 0.70.1 on (distribution not recorded)
- ~2008-08-17 - (version not recorded) on PCLinuxOS 2008
2007-04-20 - (version not recorded) on (distribution not recorded)
- A brief test.
I previously used Blackbox
2016-03-28 - 3.5.2 ∞
Installed using slpkg - https://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.1/desktop/openbox/
\slpkg -s sbo openbox
xwmconfig and set
xinitrc.openbox-session as the default window manager. Note that there is also an entry in
pkgtool > config.
Note that openbox could be re-compiled with
- While I've noted that, I may not pursue this for some time.
With two monitors, the alt-tab thing appears on only one monitor. I want it on both, or at least on my primary monitor and not the one I often have turned off.
- 3.4.9 -- Show the desktop pager popup on the primary monitor instead of on all monitors.
2016-03-26 - 3.5.2 ∞
(no notes were taken)
2015-05-12 - (version not recorded) ∞
FYI, it appears that Blackbox is available by default.
1) get it
\slax activate openbox
This gets dependencies! Yay!!
xwmconfig and configure the window manager to be xinitrc.openbox-session
you probably want something like
xterm & firefox & lxpanel & dolphin &
4) exit X with
5) Menu > Session Type > Custom
6) log back in as user root password toor
If you reboot, this system will now autolog into Openbox.
2009-04-17 - 22.214.171.124 ∞
I have a fair history with it and know it well enough. Without further testing and comparison, this would be my first choice.
For just a basic developer system, Openbox alone is just fine. Otherwise I would recommend at least LXPanel.
Doesn't allow me to
right-clickon the frame of a window to get the menu. That sucks, I miss that from Blackbox. It means that maximized windows completely remove my ability to use the menu.
- Not really important though.
- 2017-11-12 - Some time later I would have maximize ignore one pixel on the left of the screen, so I could still do this. I have no idea how though. It's been years since I've really examined my configuration.
2008-11-17 or earlier - 0.70.1 ∞
alt-space-n. Instead, have to
alt-space-(let go of alt)-n
[These are not my notes. I don't have a source for them.]
Check your DPI by typing into a terminal
xrdb -query | grep dpi
To set it permanently for your session, type the following at the terminal:
echo "Xft.dpi:96" >> ~/.Xdefaults xrdb -merge ~/.Xdefaults
Then put the last line at the beginning of your autostart.sh, to make the adjustment permanent.
toggle window decorations ∞
~2008-08-17 - (version not recorded) ∞
So much time passed and I tried all kinds of other things, including working with a newer Blackbox. But I ended up breaking down and going to openbox because I needed more official support from PCLinuxOS and I didn't want to fart around anymore.
It turns out that some farting around was still needed, but things are going well.
It's in the repository..
openbox libopenbox1 obconf
Then I have an .xinitrc with"
openbox-session & wmpid=$! nohup fbpanel > /dev/null& nohup xterm > /dev/null& wait $wmpid
I have to kill kdm and then log in at the console and do
startx. I have no clue how to edit kdm. =(
2007-04-20 - (version not recorded) ∞
Originally tested a very long time ago. I liked it, but I liked Blackbox more and used it for quite some time. At the time, I said that this would be my second choice after Blackbox, but I didn't say why.