Fluxbox, a very light window manager for our Gnu / Linux

flux box Many times when the user reaches the point of maturity, he / she will customize his distribution to the point of changing the file manager or the window manager. Within this last field, the variety is enormous and although many have ceased to be developed, most still serve us for daily use without actually annoying the system. One of the most famous window managers is called Fluxbox.

Despite a strange name, Fluxbox is one of the lightest window managers that exist, its consumption is very small and its configuration is very high.. The bad thing about Fluxbox, in my opinion is that it is not a desktop like Lxde, Xfce or KDE can be. However, this is not an impediment for Fluxbox to become part of our operating system.

The consumption of Fluxbox is really small, in some cases reaching 22 mb, but its normal consumption is over 12 mb. Taking into account the power and ram memory of many computers, Fluxbox is a very light window manager. Like many window managers, Fluxbox is configured using plain text files that we find in a special folder called .fluxbox.

Fluxbox is in most of the repositories of almost all distributions, even so, in the official website From Fluxbox we found the latest version, version 1.3.7, a highly recommended version since they warn that they have zero bugs or zero errors.

The new version of Fluxbox contains zero bugs

Once we have installed Fluxbox, a black screen will appear, if we click with the mouse we will see how a menu will appear, configurable with all the programs that we have in the operating system.

If we want to customize it a little more, it is recommended to use a bar or panel such as Lxpanel or tint2, a very light panel that works very well with Fluxbox. If we do not have a file manager, it is a good time to install it, if on the contrary we already have it, surely the wallpaper will be working and also the icons. If it still doesn't, we can opt for programs that fulfill these functions. Many of you will think that this will increase the load of Fluxbox, however it is false since they are very light programs and even when loaded with Fluxbox, its weight does not reach 32 mb of ram, something that surely many will be able to afford.

If you are really looking to give your operating system a new look and learn, Fluxbox can be your ideal tool, however you have to be prepared since its learning curve is not as easy as that of Unity in Ubuntu or Xfce, it is requires certain information to learn how to use it. This information can be found in many places, but of course the first place to consult would be the Fluxbox website with your documentation.

Now it's up to you to try this window manager and tell us how you found the experience.

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