Blackbox is good
Blackbox is great. Simple, fast, easy on the RAM, fairly good-looking and my favourite Alt+ window moving/resizing functionality.
Re: cant run Blackbox on my RedHat 7.3
The easiest way to get blackbox running is to add it to your ~/.xinitrc file. Delete or comment out all the lines that start twm. Then simply add /usr/local/bin/blackbox (assuming the executable is in /usr/local/bin). You'll want to create a ~/.blackbox directory. Copy the sample menu file from the source distribution into the ~/.blackbox directory. Startx should fire up blackbox.
cant run Blackbox on my RedHat 7.3
i have downloaded the blackbox-0.65.0.tar.gz arhive from http://freshmeat.net/ ...
then i dearhivated in my root directory ...
and now what?
i read something like this:
Configuring your display manager to accept Blackbox. If you have kde installed and you logged in using a gui, then most probably you are using kdm/ xdm. In that case, edit /usr/sbin/fndsession. Add an entry for blackbox like this:
[ -x /usr/local/bin/blackbox ]
if [ "$FIRST" = "yes" ];then
Then, edit this file /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession.
Add an entry for blackbox like this:
xterm -ls &
but i cant find this file /usr/sbin/fndsession so i have created it ... the blackbox is not here ... /usr/local/bin/blackbox maybe in /usr/local/share/blackbox ... duno :>
and after i restart the X ... i try to lauche the blackbox from /root/blackbox-0.65.0/src/blackbox :>
duno if its right or not ... but its not working :>
i realy need help ... pls some one explayn me HOWTO
maybe is good, but on some "LFS" systems, also and on Debian 3.0 'woody' wont to work, Fluxbox that is based on Blackbox, works pretty good.
> listen people.
> linux isn't a playground. It may
> become that in the future, but right now
> linux is a operating system for those
> who want a working os. It doesn't crash.
> It is fast. It is functional. It isn't
> pritty. This is blackbox. However
> blackbox DOES have a nice look. It is
> very simple. It i small, fast, easier
> than anything else I have seen to
> configure. It is for someone who want to
> get stuff done!
> If you are looking for a start
> button... pritty icons... or other
> rather silly, kernel consuming, poorly
> coded workability. Get another Window
> Manager. Blackbox isn't for you. For you
> who want to get things done fast... GET
> It is a revolutionary WM that gets
> back to the linux basics.
> I highly applaud Brad Hughes for this
> remarkable peice of work..
> excuse the rant.
Since Brad moved off to Norway and handed off to the co-author Jeff Raven in the middle of 2000, has anything been done with blackbox? It would be a shame for such a sweet window manager to just fade out. And before some one suggests I pick it up, let me just say I cant code my way out of a wet paper bag.
Blackbox is great
Just got done downloading Blackbox and in less than 10 minutes got it compiled, installed and running. Now with my 64MB laptop I can finally get rid of bloated KDE and breath some life back into my laptop. Half of available memory should not be used for a window manager! From one open source C++ developer (http://osalp.sourceforge.net) to another, keep up the great work.
Dude, you can change the focus model. Just read the README file that comes with
blackbox and it will tell you how to do it.
Very cool...... but the ClickToFocus is annoying
Been using blackbox since April 99, It's an excellent windowmanager, in my opinion maybe the best, but one little thing annoys me, I keep praying the ClickToFocus method will be changed so I don't have to keep holding Alt or clicking the window frame to focus, just want to be able to click anywhere in a window and have it focused. Playing with Windowmaker now because BB's focus method became so annoying. Let's hope it's modified, I know it's a sore point for many of us.
fast, attractive, easily configured
all of the above :-)
seriously though, i run blackbox on my 486 DX/33 which has like 500k of video memory, and it still flies.. also run it on my P100. with the P100 being the fastest computer i have at the moment, and just after being a WM convert, this is a huge change. I was surprised at how small it was, yet the level of configurability is quite large. i like the gradient [as opposed to pixmap'd] interface, as this saves a shitload of cpu/mem. look forward to the future of blackbox :-)
Blackbox 0.50.3 RPM/SRPM for LinuxPPC Release 4
You can get a PowerPC RPM or SRPM of Blackbox 0.50.3 at:
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