Gnome and KDE seem to be pretty straightforward and certainly seem to be the most user friendly in terms of getting setup and running quickly with anything the average user would want to do.

I am working on implementing Fluxbox on my current install of Ubuntu 10.04 and keep running into gotcha's that require a lot of time to research and then configure. In light of my experiences with Fluxbox, I'm posting a list of questions (much in the spirit of this question from stackoverflow.

Please list one answer per bullet item and then edit the question so that the link goes directly to the answer. And if you think of anything missing, please add it and then post your answer.

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How to configure my keyboard shortcuts?

To create keyboard shortcuts, edit your ~/.fluxbox/keys file with a text editor.

For details on the format of this file, see man fluxbox-keys.

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How to configure fluxbox to work with two screens?

To configure dual monitors, you can use arandr Install Arandr.


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  • And how precisely do I use arandr? Or can I just install it and it will magically make my monitors work? – Noah Goodrich Oct 15 '10 at 8:22
  • Once installed, you run arandr and it gives you a graphical application to configure your monitors. How do you currently get dual monitors to work? – dv3500ea Oct 15 '10 at 8:29
  • I used the nvidia x server settings tool when I installed and was using Gnome. However, now that I'm in Fluxbox, my desktop background is stretching so I'll try out this tool to see if I get better results. thx. – Noah Goodrich Oct 15 '10 at 8:57
  • @Noah Goodrich -> Try looking into feh. I use it for creating my wallpaper in fluxbox – Joshua K Dec 20 '10 at 4:31

How to install fluxbox?

To install fluxbox, simply install the fluxbox package from Ubuntu Software Centre:

fluxbox in Ubuntu Software Centre

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How to lock my screen?

To lock the screen in fluxbox, you need to install a locking program such as xlockmore Install Xlockmore.

Once you install xlockmore, the xlock command will now lock your screen. You can add this to the menu or create a keyboard shortcut.

  • try alock as well – akira Oct 25 '10 at 0:09

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