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Support => New Users => Topic started by: rmcellig on March 26, 2014, 05:31:27 pm

Title: Finall a distro that fits!
Post by: rmcellig on March 26, 2014, 05:31:27 pm
I'm running Crunchbang on my old Dell 3000 desktop computer. Works great but I wanted an ubuntu based distro as well. I installed Peppermint 4 but if I understand correctly, Peppermint 3 had Openbox (which I love because it is so customizable. Should I have installed Peppermint 3 instead?
Title: Re: Finall a distro that fits!
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 26, 2014, 05:36:35 pm
Nothing stopping you installing openbox in Peppermint 4 ;)
Title: Re: Finall a distro that fits!
Post by: kendall on March 27, 2014, 03:09:10 pm
Openbox is typically the default window manager in LXDE. It's also nice that Openbox functions well by itself if the user knows how to configure it. In Peppermint Four, we're still using LXDE, however we opted to swap Openbox for Xfwm as it has many features that make more sense within a desktop environment whereas Openbox has many features that make it good by itself. For instance, Xfwm supports compositing and rounded window corners, neither of which are natively available in Openbox. On the other hand, Openbox has its own menu system whereas Xfwm doesn't.

Either way, within the context of the LXDE environment, you're probably not going to see the full benefits of Openbox whereas it's an environment that really lets Xfwm shine. If, however, you want to use a window manager by itself, Openbox is fantastic and Xfwm simply won't do.

Openbox is in the software manager so feel free to install it and mess with it all you want. You can even replace Xfwm with it in LXDE if you want to.