openbox on opensuse

Don’t know if anyone would be interested, but I made a basic guide about setting up openbox on opensuse.

Hope it’s helpful to someone.

Congrats and very interesting.

A couple of suggestions…

  1. Include a preamble that describes your opinion why a User should consider Openbox, (it’s a highly modifiable Desktop environment). At least include some links to the original Project and any other references you recommend. Include pros and cons, particularly regarding Applications.
  2. It’s “radio buttons” not “radial buttons” - The GUI object is named that way because it emulates the behavior of “old time” radio push buttons.

Good stuff,

On 12/25/2013 06:56 PM, zaol wrote:
> Don’t know if anyone would be interested, but I made a ‘basic guide
> about setting up openbox on opensuse’ (
> Hope it’s helpful to someone.
On the web page:
“I made this guide for anyone who is interested in installing Openbox as
their GUI on a fresh install of openSUSE 13.1.”

That’s most interesting, for the committed minimalist. But for people
who might want to just try out Openbox but are not quite ready to dive
into such a technical depth, it may be too intimidating. Too much of a
cultural shock as it were.

I have full-blown KDE installed but rarely use it (except to configure
file association and such). My usual window manager is Fluxbox. I do
have Openbox installed (as well as awesome, IceWM).

For the timid wanting to experiment with Openbox, I think it is best to
have KDE or GNOME already installed and to install Openbox as an
additional window manager:
$ su -

zypper ref && zypper in openbox

(Openbox is in the standard Oss repo.)

This way, there is no need for configuring XDM. Openbox is automatically
listed on KDM (on GDM, too, presumably). But the guide for how to
configure the Openbox menu (xml-based) is nice. Configuring xterm is
needed to make it usable and your guide is excellent. But a newbie may
want to have Konsole while dipping toes into the murky waters of xresources.

On 2013-12-26 03:56, zaol wrote:

> Hope it’s helpful to someone.

IMO, it would be more interesting if it were on the wiki. Easier to find for us.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” (Elessar))