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So I decided to go with openbox but I was wondering what other people install on their arch systems to increase the functionality/look of it. I already know to pick up conky and maybe feh/nitrogen for the wallpapers. Just curious about peoples reasons for choosing the packages they have.

Mostly personal preference, there are a few clear winners here and there, but a lot of it comes down to functionality on a personal level. For example, I use Compiz Fusion on my sig rig atm, I prefer the flare that Compiz has, but I also use lightweight utilities like a 1-line Conky, urxvt (RXVT-Unicode terminal emulator), nano for almost all text editing, SciTE for GUI text editing, as required. I use ViewNoir for my image viewer, and Thunar for my file manager. All of these are based on personal preference, I like the way RXVT looks, and how easy it is to configure, I like nano for command line editing over VI mostly because I know it well. SciTE I prefer for GUI text editing as it is mostly standalone, very versatile, and lightweight. That and if I'm forced to use Windows, all of my SciTE profiles and such carry over seamlessly. ViewNoir came with the desire for a simple image viewer without much bloat, I could have just stuck to feh but it was missing something for me, though I do use a feh script for my wallpaper. Thunar was chosen because of its resemblance to PCManFM which is what I used to use, the pcmanfm package is quite out of date and it takes a lot of effort to get it working, Thunar is just as lightweight and easy to use for me, so I use it. That said, I'm slowly migrating to a less mouse oriented configuration... It'll be hard to let go of all those years of mouse use, but I feel the increase in productivity will be worth it.

I suggest taking a look at the List of Applications on the wiki, and trying different programs in the categories you require; finding which works best for you. As far as making things look pretty, you need to make sure you have appropriate Font packages installed, as well as choosing a theme for your window manager and GTK (or QT, preferably both) You can find that wiki entry here:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/List_of_Applications
Its not completely exhaustive, but it does provide a quick place to look for an application if you need to accomplish something. From PDF Viewers to CD Burning software - it's all there.
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Well I spent an entire day dealing with openbox. Worked on openbox-multihead and other git/AUR packages. It was interesting but at the same time was it a headache. To be fair that was largely because I had to stay glued to the screen reading up on all the information connected to all those packages. I tried out Enlightenment 17. The graphics were smooth but just not to my taste. Worked with gnome and KDE previous to this adventure that I just don't care to jump into those yet.

I think my next adventure is compiz. I am being quite picky about what I do for this install since I have my laptops good to go and serve all my basic needs.
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Well I spent an entire day dealing with openbox. Worked on openbox-multihead and other git/AUR packages. It was interesting but at the same time was it a headache. To be fair that was largely because I had to stay glued to the screen reading up on all the information connected to all those packages. I tried out Enlightenment 17. The graphics were smooth but just not to my taste. Worked with gnome and KDE previous to this adventure that I just don't care to jump into those yet.

I think my next adventure is compiz. I am being quite picky about what I do for this install since I have my laptops good to go and serve all my basic needs.

Keep in mind with Compiz that it has no default method of launching programs; you have to provide it one. Either using some sort of dock like AWN or Cairo Dock; or a panel like Tint2. I personally use Compiz, but there are things I cannot resolve, which are somewhat troublesome (Minecraft doesn't look for window focus properly, and therefore remains paused until I toggle fullscreen)
    
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^ you could use dmenu
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I know i am late to the party. However, Try AwesomeWM Its a must if you do CLI and or virtual boxes. It will take a little getting used to and it might be hard for you to get away from the mouse. When you do break free of the mouse you will find that you are much faster and more productive in your sessions. Also install packer-color. it can make working with packages easier since it includes the AUR stuff as well.  Another spiffy program is reflector. its pretty awesome for keeping your mirrors fast and up to date. I agree with someone above when they suggest urxvt i like it for the 256 color support and the transparency works well with compton. which is another nice program if you are using a WM/DE that doesnt support compiz stuff.

 

As for virtualbox. use the bin i find it installs and runs much faster then the actual package for arch. its less buggy as well.

 

I do not think you will find a much lighter set up on your pc then running a fresh install of Arch with AwesomeWM.

 

Lasty. Avoid nano. learn vim. you will thank yourself later.

    
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post #16 of 21
Vim is definitely worth learning as it is, too smile.gif As one of my friends said, "vim's a nice Gismo pet, he will learn many nifty tricks over time..." smile.gif
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Are people here really going to nitpick about text editors? Honestly unless your going to be using it multiple times a day at the very least, theres no reason to relearn how to write just for vi/vim. Nano works fine. It really doesn't matter, use whatever gets the job done for you
post #18 of 21
If you learn vi you can enable vi mode for your cli. An added benefit.
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Are people here really going to nitpick about text editors? Honestly unless your going to be using it multiple times a day at the very least, theres no reason to relearn how to write just for vi/vim. Nano works fine. It really doesn't matter, use whatever gets the job done for you

Learn Vi(m) then come back and say that tongue.gif

It really is that much of a difference, night and day really. Once you learn it you'll become much more efficient in how you navigate and how you do just about everything. If you keep a little cheat sheet printed out for basic stuff it makes it even easier.

First result on google for a basic cheat sheet; http://www.worldtimzone.com/res/vi.html
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Are people here really going to nitpick about text editors? Honestly unless your going to be using it multiple times a day at the very least, theres no reason to relearn how to write just for vi/vim. Nano works fine.
If we're not going to be using a computer multiple times a day, then there's no reason to learn how to use Linux. Windows works just fine.
























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