Now I’m writing my posts in Markdown @ Emacs. I hope this makes me save some time (it saved today). WordPress is kinda distracting.
Today we had big changes. Maybe extra big ones. First, let’s begin with the minor ones:
- I’ve added some custom hotkeys to my rc.xml. These are openbox commands in essence. I intend to use another tool to launch programs.
- I’ve runned qtconfig-qt4 to make my QT applications look like GTK ones.
- I’ve switched pnmixer for volumeicon. Now my laptop audio hotkeys work!
- I’ve reinstalled batterymon.
- I replaced my tint2 panel for xfce4-panel.
Now I’ll use XFCE. (So sad for the openbox fanboys out there =/ )
- Install XFCE(4):
sudo pacman -S xfce4
- Change ~/.xinitrc to start XFCE:
#!/bin/sh # # ~/.xinitrc # # Executed by startx (run your window manager from here) if [ -d /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d ]; then for f in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/*; do [ -x "$f" ] && . "$f" done unset f fi # set the X cursor xsetroot -cursor_name left_ptr # set Brazilian keyboard layout setxkbmap -layout br # xinit window_manager case $1 in gnome) exec gnome-session;; kde) exec startkde;; awesome) exec awesome;; fluxbox) exec startfluxbox;; openbox) exec openbox-session;; xfce|*) exec startxfce4;; esac
- To use XFCE with Openbox, run
openbox --replacewhile in a xfce session. You can continue from here, but I won’t. I’ll stick to XFCE for a while. This means I’ll try the Xfwm4 WM.
YSK notice I haven’t said how much time this challenge would last. I preferred to pick none (aka “30 days”, for instance). So I’m stopping this here. I hope you liked this mini journey.
Final notes: openbox was my first ‘challenge’. Probably I’ll continue this challenges series with another thing. Maybe a programming language, maybe another WM, or even a new IDE or distro. I’m not sure. But I think this is useful: for me, I can fix more these concepts and have the opportunity to train my english and to share some knowledge; for you, you can have a broad vision of a specific subject (in this case, openbox) and maybe learn or become interested about something.
Now, my final review: I liked openbox more than fluxbox. I would say fluxbox is easier to configure, but openbox kind of integrates better with any DE (or even by itself) and…bah, it is nice!!
I would say there is at least four categories of DE/WM (I prefer the bold ones):
- The heavily ones: gnome, kde, cinnamon, unity;
- The balanced ones: xfce;
- The lightweight ones: fluxbox, openbox, blackbox;
- The power user ones: awesome, i3, xmonad, dwm; (actually, ‘never tried any of these)
If I ever need to run X(org) under a server (some people like it), I would choose openbox as my primary WM. I would feel very comfortable using it.
I won’t delete my openbox repo (although it’s pretty small), but I won’t update it (anymore) either. Here is a list of links you can acess to further explore openbox (you could google simply openbox, but anyway…):
Thank you for reading.