I installed Ubuntu full version. It's shipped with the GNOME desktop environment.

Now I want to start some kind of experiment for my netbook, having only a selection of applications for a custom, lightweight desktop environment. Actually I'm running beside OpenBox a taskbar called "Docky".

So I'm using the OpenBox session selectable with GDM that is being shipped with the installation of the OpenBox Ubuntu package.

I start OpenBox with a autostart.sh looking like this:

nautilus --no-default-window &
docky --nvidia

The bad thing is, everything looks quite ugly. It looks like, I need to start some additional programs of the GNOME package to have everything back beautiful. I do not need the Gnome-panel and not the new taskbar GNOME has on the left, but I guess there will be a GNOME application that is responsible for loading all libs and themes.

Can anybody tell me these programs, I need also to load with my autostart.sh to get back the beauty of GNOME forms and buttons?

To make clear what I mean:

This screenshot is my OpenBox-session

This is my standard Ubuntu-session

Look at both screenshots and read it's explanation. You will see what I mean.


  • What Ubuntu Version are you using – Uri Herrera Nov 6 '11 at 22:21
  • And why don't you just start the Openbox Session? instead of starying Gnome and then Openbox on top of it – Uri Herrera Nov 6 '11 at 22:22
  • 11.10 --- no, it is not Gnome ontop OpenBox, it is the OpenBox session with just OpenBox, now I need to start the Gnome support manually (or like above by a script) – JAkk Nov 6 '11 at 22:47
  • Uhmm ok, now What is that you are referring to as "Gnome"? Gnome Shell? Gnome fallback? What? The classic panel is Gnome 2 and is no longer in 11.10 by default – Uri Herrera Nov 7 '11 at 1:56
  • see editing above – JAkk Nov 7 '11 at 15:31

I made it!

This is how your autostart.sh in ~/.config/openbox/ has to look like:

gnome-session &
xcompmgr &
nautilus --no-default-window &
docky --nvidia

gnome-session is for loading all gnome themes, icons and libs. xcompmgr is for the transparency effects, try sudo apt-get install xcompmgr to get it. Then I start nautilus to replace OpenBox' right click on desktop and docky, in my case with nvidia support.

  • what you get is an almost lightweight desktop environment that reminds to Windows7 – JAkk Nov 10 '11 at 13:38

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