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How to install OpenBox on Xubuntu [Guide]
Posted By Derrik On September 29, 2013 @ 7:54 AM In Linux | 2 Comments
Are you an avid Xubuntu user that just isn’t a fan of XFCE’s window manager? Want a different one? Enter OpenBox, one of the most popular lightweight window managers available for Linux today. This guide will show you how to get OpenBox on Xubuntu. Let’s get started!
OpenBox is a lightweight window manager with many themes to choose from. Go check them out here .
Part of this guide is accomplished with a terminal. Open a terminal by pressing alt + f2, typing xterm and pressing enter.
OpenBox must be installed for you to use it. Enter
sudo apt-get install openbox in the terminal to install it.
Though this guide focuses on Xubuntu, it can be accomplished with any Linux distribution in this same way. This will work on all versions of Ubuntu/Xubuntu running XFCE4.
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Type=Application Name=OpenBox Comment=Automatically replaces XFWM4 with OpenBox at startup. Exec=openbox --replace StartupNotify=false Terminal=false Hidden=false
sudo chmod +x openbox.desktop
mv openbox.desktop ~/.config/autostart/
~/.config/autostart/, reboot your PC. The next time you log into XFCE, you’ll be using OpenBox as your window manager instead of XFWM4.
Though XFCE4 is an excellent desktop environment, it’s window manager isn’t as great. OpenBox solves that problem by being vastly superior in configuration options and versatility. Enjoy!
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