Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge Openbox fan. I’m a minimalist and a speed freak and a pragmatist, and I’m willing to go through a few hoops if it saves time or wins me back some speed later in the game.
But I have a side that likes a little splash. And splash in Openbox takes a little legwork. It can certainly be done — and when it’s done, it’s done well. But getting it done is the trick.
Then there’s something like FVWM-Crystal, which took almost no effort to get into place and then it immediately grabs me by the eyeballs and presses me up against the screen, hopelessly in love. See if it does the same for you.
Ain’t that a dandy? That’s version 3.0.4, with the CrystalZono window decorations. (Probably bad wallpaper for a demo screenshot. ) Transparent menubars, a transparent system tray, panel and workspace managers, transparent terminal windows and a see-through floating conky to boot.
And the best part is, if you look close in the picture, you can see a total memory profile of about 142Mb. That’s with mpd and gmpc running, two or three terminal windows, a hefty Iceweasel session and scrot doing the dirty work. Not much more than what I rack up with Openbox on a similar workload.
Getting things set up is still a bit of a trick, but it’s not too difficult. I even managed to symlink my wallpaper stockpile across my home network, and swap background from the system menu.
I used the somewhat-sketchy howto for setting it up here. I’m still tinkering with this, but I think it might take over on my music laptop, since it comes with mpd integration and a clean feel. I’m interested to see how it looks on a 8Mb ATi video card. I like my Openbox desktop on that machine, but this will do the same job on a similar memory profile, and is a lot prettier to look at.
More news at 11.