Back to Openbox

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

I wrangled with a framebuffer system on my fastest machine for a few days, even going so far as to customize a PKGBUILD for mplayer that uses only framebuffer output, and relies on no dependencies aside from expat.

To be honest though, a framebuffer system on a faster machine is only partly interesting to me. I need it for my Thinkpad because the driver isn’t working, and I use it for my other Thinkpad because the screen is damaged and because that driver doesn’t work either. 🙄

But the video card in this Inspiron has more than enough muscle to run Compiz (or whatever it’s called these days), so a framebuffer-only system seems like … underkill.

So I reinstalled Openbox on Saturday night. The results are what you might expect.

In an effort to cross all boundaries I installed xcompmgr too, and coupled some of the finest in terminal applications with some fundamental eye candy. That should keep just about anybody happy. 😆

I do see a small niche filled by running an oversized terminal like that with dvtm in it. There are enough high-quality console-based applications available to warrant a “palette” of three or four, running as a desktop window.

Of course, after a bit, the space and arrangement and convenience become a bit … overweening. After all, a tabbed terminal emulator running a tiling window manager which can run inside itself, filled with applications (some of them tabbed too) all on a graphical desktop. … You’d need to have your brain plugged directly into the Internet to need that much “space” at a time.

On the other hand, I’ve known some office techies who might find that useful. One tab per “node” and a clean arrangement of network and process monitors would help to keep an eye on their ducklings. It’s a little too much for me on my lowly home network, but I’m sure others could find it helpful. 🙂


10 thoughts on “Back to Openbox

  1. K.Mandla Post author

    I used to have a real addiction to conky, but after a while it wasn’t really useful to me beyond a desktop clock.

    I could give it a try again though. It’s been a while. …

  2. Dieter_be

    Hey, there is a bug in your markup. Many of your link elements are closed twice(in pretty much all of your posts).

    Eg they are like this. the ‘/’ shouldn’t be there. This breaks the layout in at least liferea (and maybe others too).

    PS: wmii rocks :))

  3. Jeff Flowers

    OpenBSD lacks framebuffer support on the PC, so I run X on my machine, but I still try to keep it command line oriented. The only X applications I install are Evilwm, Urxvt, Feh, Scrot, Firefox, and Conky (I used to run Xcompmgr but it conflicts with Conky).

    A somewhat current screenshot is here:

    I hardly ever need to run multiple console applications but if I did, I think that I would have to investigate using GNU Screen. I’ve seen some very impressive Screen setups on the Arch Linux forums over the years.

  4. Cedric

    Hello K.

    I’m just passing by for a request ,
    I’ve been on your site many times ,
    But I do not understand all the content ,
    Can you put a translation widget on it ?
    it would be a good thing for your habituals French readers ,
    I’m coming often here to know how to work with the best ingredients for my computer (scaleo p ) but a very bad machine for ,
    I have still a 486 and it works better with linux ,
    But my Scaleo (fujitsu siemens was made to do good works with Windows , but it getting better with Linux , for the moment Ubuntu ,
    Waiting for a respond ,
    don’t moove your so good works here.

    Thanks Cedric

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      Done! And thanks for the suggestion. I hadn’t ever seen a translation widget, but I found one and it’s on the right now. Apprécier!

  5. colonelcrayon

    I saw the aliases, but do you have any other elinks configs you can post? That would be great!

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