LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: Blackbox
Oct 09, 2000, 13:16 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
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"The popularity of the NeXT interface among Linux users forms a
strong undercurrent in the GUI community. Like Trekkers on a
letter-writing campaign, this stalwart group of users keeps this
interface alive by emulating it in other X window managers. After
Step and WindowMaker are two such window mangers based on NeXT, as
well as the GUI de jour: Blackbox."
"For those of you who have not tried this window manager out,
let's air something out right now: if you just want something
simple to run your apps in a graphic interface, without a lot of
frills, go download and install Blackbox right now. Of all of the
window managers in this class that I have seen, this is definitely
one of the fastest and most intuitive of the bunch. (I am defining
this class, by the way, to be NeXT-type interfaces.)"
"Now, if you like your interfaces heavy on the control panels,
automated configurations, and what not, hang on and keep reading
this article--Blackbox may still be of use to you."
"Blackbox's authors, Brad Hughes and Jeff Raven, stipulate on
the Blackbox Web site that this is meant to be a minimalist
interface, and they aren't kidding. The toolbar, root menu, and
windows menu are the only on-screen tools available, something that
could make the hard-core Gnome/KDE user hyperventilate in panic.
After they breathe into a paper bag, they would see that the
interface can handle a lot of tasks through its simplicity.
Blackbox is austere without being stark."