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Give Openbox a try

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.166.90.63] on March 15, 2008 12:14 PM
I've been using Fluxbox for a long time, but right now I'm giving Openbox a try. Setting up the right-click menu is a bit more work, but Openbox itself is a tick faster than Fluxbox (I'm testing it in Arch Linux on my dual-core 2GB RAM desktop machine, so I don't think either is held back by the hardware. Openbox is just faster.). And, if you're going to be using fbpanel anyway, you can save the desktop space by only having one task bar/panel and still switch desktops in the pager and applications with the task bar icons. I'm sticking with Fluxbox on my laptop because it's a 12.1 inch screen and I can maximize under the task bar and skip fbpanel and end up with more usable desktop space. And really, try weaning her off desktop icons. You can add all you want to fbpanel and you have a system menu right there, so what good are desktop icons? I haven't used them in years. It also helps people learn better file management, instead of throwing things on the desktop like it's a junk drawer.

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