I treasure speed over anything else. I'm lucky to have fast computers and I want to use their power to do my work faster, not to get nicer icons. Thus, for work, and often for private use as well, I prefer to use Fluxbox over the heavier desktop environments with more features and eye candy, such as GNOME and KDE. Fluxbox stands out from the crowd as it's really lightweight while at the same time looks good and has support for KDE, GNOME and Window Maker dock apps. Hence, you can still get your favourite applets such as the NetworkManager and GNOME power applet in your system tray, and at the same time use this fast, no nonsense window manager with a small memory footprint.
On this page, I'll jott down some notes on using this excellent window manager.
My keys file
These are the shortcuts that I cannot live without :-) You can download my keys file here
My startup file
This is the same file that I use when going for the old
.xinitrc approach and the fluxbox
can download my startup file here.
Getting Chinese Characters displayed everywhere
To get Chinese characters displayed on the Fluxbox window bar, menu and the slit, I used the following font in my fluxbox style: