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#1 2008-05-29 05:30:52

Sp4rkR4t
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Making a good Openbox desktop

Hello all, since I switched to Arch (still loving it) I've been pretty much using a copy of ubunut's desktop and tools but in the search for something faster I decided to give Openbox a try. I would still like a pretty complete desktop (a nice panel with systemtray, clock, etc and Icons on the desktop), now assuming this is a complete build from scratch what app's should I install and are there any problems I should look out for?

Thanks in advance for all the help, I know most people say the best thing about Arch is pacman and AUR but personally I've never found it so easy to get into a distro through the excellent help people receive in the forums. smile

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#2 2008-05-29 05:38:06

Stythys
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Re: Making a good Openbox desktop

here's a nice guide for configuring openbox: http://urukrama.wordpress.com/openbox-guide/


[home page] -- [code / configs]

"Once you go Arch, you must remain there for life or else Allan will track you down and break you."
-- Bregol

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#3 2008-05-29 06:22:08

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Re: Making a good Openbox desktop


All design goals must be phrased in such a way that it is hard to use them as slogans to justify stupidity.

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#4 2008-05-30 01:40:16

alex_anthony
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Re: Making a good Openbox desktop

try lxde. It uses openbox but sets it up in a much saner way IMO.
Comes with a panel, clock, system tray etc

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#5 2008-05-30 03:28:54

Misfit138
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Re: Making a good Openbox desktop

alex_anthony wrote:

try lxde. It uses openbox but sets it up in a much saner way IMO.
Comes with a panel, clock, system tray etc

I use regular Openbox, but lxde seems like a quick way to jump right in.

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#6 2008-05-30 07:14:47

B-Con
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Re: Making a good Openbox desktop

Openbox themerc configuration documentation:

http://icculus.org/openbox/index.php/Help:Themes

Last edited by B-Con (2008-05-30 07:15:01)

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#7 2008-05-30 08:08:10

Sp4rkR4t
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Re: Making a good Openbox desktop

Thanks for the info all and I'm almost setup now just have a few niggling issues and I'm still trying to make my mind up with what panel to use but that's the price you pay for having so much choice. smile

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