I recently started using fluxbox, I'm using Lightdm as a desktop manager and was using gnome/unity before fluxbox.

I'm facing a few troubles while trying to adapt to this new window manager, the first one (and slightly odd) is this one:

Everytime I try to open Nautilus, the background changes to my unity ubuntu's background and when I right click on desktop's background (to reload fluxbox which was my first try to fix the problem) a unity folder options menu pops up (the one "New Folder", "Paste" etc. options ).

There's another thing that I'm not really sure about: Is it ok that I use Lightdm just for the login screen? I simply change the window manager there to fluxbox and log in my computer normally with fluxbox.

Thanks in advance.

2 Answers 2


It should be fine to use lightdm to select fluxbox. Next, to fix the nauitlus issue

install gnome-tweak-tool

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

then, use the command


under desktop, look for "have file manager handle the desktop" and make sure this option is set to off

see here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2080212


In ubuntu 16.04 there is no such option as "have file manager handle the desktop".

You can use the command fbsetbg -b -solid black to set the background to black (using fbsetroot). It will also enable/restore fluxbox's desktop context menu.

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