One of the alternatives that exists in GNU / Linux and that Ubuntu also has, is to be able to change almost all the software and adapt it to the needs of the system. This allows us to change the desktop or window manager or simply have several tools available to perform the same function, as in the case of browsers. One of the most recommended options is to change desktops, many distros simply change desktops and claim to be a new distro, a similar case happened with Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu and Linux Mint, Distributions that began to be Ubuntu + a certain desktop and then they have gradually become independent of the mother distro. But there are times when we don’t need to change desktop but if we need to lighten up then the best option is to change window manager. I present to you today the Openbox option, 1 very light window manager which can be a good option to give a user a light environment or just have us a light environment.
In general, the most famous and also the best window managers are in the Ubuntu repositories, but they cannot be accessed from the Ubuntu Software Center, For some strange reason Canonical does not show programs like Openbox through his center but the installation if it can be done through the terminal or other managers like Synaptic.
to install Openbox just open the terminal (as almost always) and type the following:
sudo apt-get install OPENBOX obconf obmenu
Obconf is a program created by Openbox which will allow us to not only configure windows Openbox but we will also be able to install themes for the window manager or configure launchers. Obmenu instead it is another program for Openbox but unlike the previous one, Obmenu it will only allow us to configure the menus.
Now if we want to use it Openbox as a window manager we just have to log out and a button with will appear on the login screen the Ubuntu logo, If we press it we will see the desktop or window manager options we want, in which case we choose the option Openbox and the window manager will load.
If all goes well, on the first load of Openbox you will have a big problem: there is no program on the menu. Well, to fix it alone we have to run Obmenu and configure the Openbox with the applications we want. The use is very simple and very configurable, suitable for all levels.
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