bother with a standalone window manager like Openbox where you have
to collect and tweak every program by yourself?
first reason is exactly because you can! It is up to you to set up
your system completely to your liking. Control freaks here you go!
don't care much about that aspect and like to have a preconfigured
system. That's where crunchbang
comes into play. It delivers Openbox
at its best. You get a panel (tint2
Everything just works. Extend it to your liking!
over was the simplicity!
mostly condemned as geek stuff. This is due to the looming horror of
editing some configuration files. Well it is of some help if you are
not afraid to do so. BUT first of all there are some GUI tools with
the help of which you can get along very well. Second with a
distribution like crunchbang you get some nicely commented config
files along with a properly outlaid menu that pushes you right into the
With all those
examples and help it is ultimately just a matter of copy and paste.
Screenshot with customized crunchbang-Openbox menu
Some Openbox GUI apps.
Commented Openbox autostart file opened with editor
that there is no unnecessary stuff - but everything you could
need. You want to control everything with your mouse? No problem. Do
do anything with keyboard shortcuts? No problem either.
The file rc.xml sits at your fingertips awaiting your input.
where there are heaps of preconfigured keyboard shortcuts and it is
thought that the user learns those by heart - Openbox lets the user
decide. Though Crunchbang offers some already defined shortcuts
(which are almost all exactly those I would have chosen myself) it
is the simplest thing in the world to change those or add some.
simplicity derives from personalization. I guess that is the secret
of Openbox. The user decides how the menu looks like, which entries
go into it. What shortcuts he or she wants or not. Which programs.
That's the gist of the whole matter.
Give it a
try and enjoy!