Fluxbox

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Fluxbox Window Manager

Fluxbox is a window manager, not a desktop manager. GNOME is a desktop manager. GNOME uses a window manager called metacity.

For more on what Fluxbox is and screenshots go fluxbox.org

Installing fluxbox

In a terminal type:

yum install fluxbox

Using fluxbox as GNOME's window manager

1. Install fluxbox
2. Start GNOME
3. Using the gconf-editor surf to / -> desktop -> gnome -> session
4. remove panel from the required_components_list
5. inside session change the requirecomponents windowmanager entry to fluxbox
6. surf to / -> apps -> nautilus -> preferences -> and turn off show_desktop
7. use gnome-session-properties and add fluxbox to the list of things to start
8. use gnome-session-save
9. Logout then Log back in
    • NOTE in order to logout of gnome, you can issue killall gnome-session. This must be modified in your fluxbox menu, exiting/killing fluxbox will not log you out of gnome, but only kill your desktop manager!

Performance Hint

If you happen to use fluxbox with a tablet pc or any time you rotate a screen, if you experience considerable lag change the following option to false in your fluxbox init file:

session.screen0.showwindowposition:	false

This will prevent fluxbox from drawing the window position coordinates which can be very CPU intensive if you are using an integrated graphics controller.