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    Is a version of openSUSE 13.1 64 bit available with OpenBox rather than an full Desktop Environment, or would I have to build one?

    Thanks in advance.

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    You can install from here

    http://software.opensuse.org/search

    just search for openbox.

    AFAIK thee are no ver prebuilt with it but I guess you could make one with the build service

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_hinds View Post
    Is a version of openSUSE 13.1 64 bit available with OpenBox rather than an full Desktop Environment, or would I have to build one?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi
    Have a browse of the SUSE Studio gallery;
    https://susestudio.com/browse

    Find one you like, clone, tweak and build....
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    Thank you gogalthorp and malcolm for your suggestions. However, I see nothing ready-made that fits the bill (based on oSUSE 13.1 64 bit, with openbox installed as the window manager in an otherwise independent desktop environment), similar to what CrunchBang, ArchBang and others offer with Debian and Arch based systems; so I would have to start with the basic command line system and add the necessary elements to it, a task that may be beyond my present capabilities, given my own past experience.

    If I had a list of at least the types of applications required to construct a working system, it might be feasible using xfce &/or lxde modules. But it would probably take some knowledge of coding to weave them together and I think I am going to have to let it pass for now, since I am a user rather than a programmer and have too many outstanding commitments at present to be able to dedicate myself to getting the job done.

    I have been using openbox on Debian derivatives (i.e Sparky Ultra Openbox) and have found the system fast and stable, fully capable of performing the tasks more graphically complete desktop environments like Gnome and KDE can do but with less bloat, once one has become familiar with where things are located.

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    You could just use minimal X option and install openbox on top of that.
    Get the entire base system and X server, then you only need to configure login manager and desktop manager.
    That's what I did last year, only I used blackbox from Malcom's repo which isn't there anymore.

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    On Wed 26 Feb 2014 02:36:01 PM CST, finders wrote:


    You could just use minimal X option and install openbox on top of that.
    Get the entire base system and X server, then you only need to configure
    login manager and desktop manager.
    That's what I did last year, only I used blackbox from Malcom's repo
    which isn't there anymore.


    Hi
    Yup, it was having issues building..... I can resurrect the blackbox one
    if you like and have another play with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by finders View Post
    You could just use minimal X option and install openbox on top of that.
    Get the entire base system and X server, then you only need to configure login manager and desktop manager.
    That's what I did last year, only I used blackbox from Malcom's repo which isn't there anymore.
    It would help to know the name of an appropriate login manager and desktop manager. (Although I would probably use xfce or lxde components, which are present in the openSUSE repositories, although I'm not sure how much I should mix them). I would also need a file manager and a package manager.

    And I'm not sure when I would be able to work at it. Maybe over the weekend, but I may not have a chance.

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    Would be nice, if you got the time. I still have the old one in backups, but no rpm.
    It works fine in 13.1, converted a couple of bbLean styles, reconstructed the menu and made some minor edit to openbox-kde-session script.
    Code:
    # Run KDE with Openbox as its window manager
    export KDEWM="/usr/bin/blackbox"
    exec startkde "$@"

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_hinds View Post
    It would help to know the name of an appropriate login manager and desktop manager. (Although I would probably use xfce or lxde components, which are present in the openSUSE repositories, although I'm not sure how much I should mix them). I would also need a file manager and a package manager.

    And I'm not sure when I would be able to work at it. Maybe over the weekend, but I may not have a chance.
    I'm more or less doing that on some of my latest virt guests...

    MinimalX (IceWM) install

    Then I add whatever I want, typically things like the following
    LXterminal (I can't remember all the BASH shortcuts so I find the menu options useful. Also has some Konsole style highlighting)
    Web Browser (something lightweight)
    Although I've considered installing a file manager, I'm currently just installing and running "tree" from the command line

    A current gotcha running MinimalX(IceWM), I've submitted a bug that the system won't shutdown from the Main Menu(You can do everything else including logout). Instead, just invoke shutdown from a root console.

    You start off lean with little more than a bare desktop, terminals and YAST. Add anything else you want (I generally choose LXDE or XFCE apps).

    TSU

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    On Wed 26 Feb 2014 08:06:02 PM CST, finders wrote:


    Would be nice, if you got the time. I still have the old one in backups,
    but no rpm.
    Hi
    OK, it's back bbdock and bbtools aren't building though....
    https://build.opensuse.org/project/m...lewis:blackbox

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