I have installed a new operating system with no GUI desktop environment at all because 99% of my programs don't use a graphical interface, but I would like something basic for the remaining 1% of my programs that use a graphical interface. No menu, no top bar, just the bare minimum to have a graphical program running in it.

I was hoping for something like LXDE but without all the bloatware.


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You can get more lightweight than LXDE by using just a window manager like fluxbox, openbox, i3-wm or awesome from the default Ubuntu repositories instead of a desktop environment.

To install Fluxbox and a few additional packages like in the below screenshot, open the terminal and type:

sudo apt install lightdm xorg fluxbox catfish eterm hsetroot xloadimage fbautostart fbpager wm-icons
sudo reboot  

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  • Openbox is great, doesn't have that steep of a learning curve too. I've used for quite some time on my old Toshiba L455D. There's also Blackbox, from which i believe Openbox was derived. Also quite a lovely choice Nov 13, 2016 at 12:38

I would recommend that you check out the i3wm (i3 window manager). Apps fill the screen by default, and it is highly customizable. Here is a good tutorial.

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    Note: i3 is a tiling wm. So windows are "tiled" on screen
    – jiwopene
    Oct 11, 2016 at 10:57
  • This is probably the best option to this user. A pity this answer is so minimalistic. Oct 12, 2016 at 8:43
  • @LuísdeSousa well it answered the question.But i would be happy to provide further details if you like.
    – CennBuie
    Oct 12, 2016 at 8:46
  • Check out How to Answer. Oct 12, 2016 at 8:55

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