Install OpenBox on Ubuntu 12.10

If you want a highly configurable, lightweight window manager, OpenBox is the perfect choice. The OpenBox Window Manager is available for the most popular Linux Distributions, such as Ubuntu, Debian, Mageia, Fedora, openSuse etc.

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In this article I will show you how to install OpenBox on Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal.

Because it is available in the official Ubuntu 12.10 repositories, all you have to do is:

$ sudo apt-get install openbox

If you don’t have a graphical log in, do this to autostart OpenBox at boot:

$ echo 'openbox-session' >> ~/.xinitrc

If you have Gnome installed and want to use OpenBox as the default Window Manager, do this:

$ echo 'openbox-gnome-session' >> ~/.xinitrc

To mix KDE with OpenBox, do this:

$ echo 'openbox-kde-session' >> ~/.xinitrc

The last two commands are the equivalent of you choosing GNOME/Openbox or KDE/Openbox from the graphical log in.

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