Customizing OpenBox window manager

There are wide varieties of desktop environments available for GNU/Linux distributions. It is quite possible that none of these desktop environment matches our requirements. So there is a need to re-configure vanilla desktop environment.


A Highly Customized OpenBox Desktop. Courtesy : Manjaro

A tutorial published in zdnet portal explains how we can customize OpenBox window manager, which is by their own definition a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

There are a lot of window managers available for Linux/X Window System installation. The Wikipedia comparison of X window managers lists at least 36 of them, for example. To start this discussion I will be looking at Openbox, because it is well known, widespread, and relatively easy to install. For these tests and screen shots I am using an Acer Aspire One 725, on which I have previously loaded Debian GNU/Linux with Xfce.

After installing openbox, I logged out of the Xfce desktop, and then on the lightdm login screen at the top right corner, I selected an openbox session rather than Xfce. I then logged in, which was amazingly fast (something like 1 or 2 seconds), but the screen that I got looked like this screenshot on the right.

Read complete tutorial in zdnet portal.

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