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NewsForge.com: Review: Fluxbox window manager as nimble as Blackbox, with more features

Feb 06, 2002, 15:19 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by F. Grant Robertson)
"When I heard about Fluxbox , my first reaction was surprise. Having been a user of Blackbox for several years and many versions, I was a bit skeptical about Fluxbox's ability to extend a window manager that in my opinion, was already great. Nevertheless, after reading the list of enhancements to the desktop over Blackbox 0.61, I was excited to give it a try.

...It should be pointed out that the instructions at the Fluxbox site for making Fluxbox your default window manager only apply if you are starting X from the console. If you have Mandrake configured for a graphical login, there aren't any other steps necessary beyond installing the rpm. This worked very well on my test system. I only had to logout and log back in selecting Fluxbox as my window manager. Instructions for users that run "startx" from the console are included at the Fluxbox Web site and, are reasonably well written.

The differences in Fluxbox, and its ancestor, Blackbox are not immediately apparent. Visually, you may first notice the window tabs, something absent altogether from Blackbox. Window tabs are hardly the only difference, as Fluxbox provides support for KDE and Windowmaker dock applications. This is a little strange, coming from years of Blackbox use, because the lack of docked application support has always been one of its defining features. I do believe that Blackbox's stability, speed and simplicity are still retained in Fluxbox and, if you're not inclined to run docked applications, you'll never notice a difference. If you have ever looked at Blackbox and said, "That's nice but, I wish I could run that," your wait is over. Support for docked applications is well done, and works just as you would expect."

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