Journal #5 – Trying to be keyboard centric

*Ideally* one who wants to be *super* keyboard centric should try a window manager like awesome, i3 or xmonad, but I don’t want to do this now.

Here is a list of keyboard shortcuts I like. It’s really easy to configure these in XFCE, openbox, fluxbox, KDE, (Ubuntu) unity, and so on…you only have to find the right option (or the right config file). In XFCE, there are at least two relevant sections on its settings manager:

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Journal #5 – Trying to be keyboard centric

Openbox Challenge – Day #6 – Now with XFCE / goodbye

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:

  1. 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.
  2. I’ve runned qtconfig-qt4 to make my QT applications look like GTK ones.
  3. I’ve switched pnmixer for volumeicon. Now my laptop audio hotkeys work!
  4. I’ve reinstalled batterymon.
  5. 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 --replace while 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.

Openbox Challenge – Day #6 – Now with XFCE / goodbye