August 19, 2009
Yes, no Openbox this month. I was aching to try something new, and PekWM looked inviting because it’s themes are pixmap based, which in plain English means they simply look better. As a WM it’s just a tad less good: it’s not entirely standard compliant, and configuring it was more difficult for me than when I first started using OpenBox. Most of all, PekWM’s default mouse and key configuration is just insane. In any case, I got it the way I want it. This is the result.
Arch August 2009: Clean
Arch August 2009 - Busy
July 2, 2009
I created the red desktop in my CrunchBang review as a bit of a joke, but I’m incredibly pleased about how it turned out, and more than a little proud of the Shiki-Wine theme I ported to Openbox. The OSD gave me some problems, but the Openbox help page came to my rescue there. I added my favourite conky bar and the calendar, adjusted the GTK-theme a bit to make the tray icon background transparent, made some final changes to the meny and replaced lxpanel by bmpanel using the carbon theme, and trayer in the upper right corner.
I’ll be using CrunchBang for a while…it’ll give me something to fall back on while I finally upgrade that Arch installation to ext4.
September 5, 2008
I’ve been playing around with Ubuntu, Mint, Mandriva 2008 Spring and the RC of Mandriva 2009, all of them with Gnome. There was something wrong with all of those, so I returned to Arch + Openbox yesterday. The last couple of months I used a blueish theme, but this month I’ll try a combination of black and orange.
First, a “clean” screenshot. Conky’s running at the top of the screen, displaying information about the kernel, CPU load, incoming and outgoing traffic, free space, used RAM, uptime, what Rhythmbox is playing, and if I have any mail on Gmail. At the bottom there’s a transparent panel called LXpanel. But you can’t see it, except for the systray and the clock. Since it’s, well, transparent 😉
Then, a “busy” screenshot with, clockwise, Rhythmbox (music manager), Thunar (file manager), Mirage (image viewer), Openbox menu and Sakura (terminal).
I think the background matches the theme well. It’s a fantastic image by David Lanham, whose work I’ve praised before.
August 3, 2008
New month, new screenshots. This month I made quite a few changes. I started using QT applications, and to maintain a uniform look with the GTK software, I changed the theme to QtCurve. I replaced pypanel by LXpanel, switched to the Oxygen icons, and of course, I changed the background.
Why so serious?
June 16, 2008
Another month, another series of screenshots. Actually, I stayed with the previous background/theme much longer than I expected (about two months), but once I changed the GTK-theme, there was no stopping me anymore. I changed the Openbox theme to match, and then the background. Of course, I also had to change the config of pypanel and conky…white text on a white background isn’t very readable. I kept the icon theme.
The background is from David Lanham’s site. I urge you to check it out…there’s some very original/beautiful work there.
Click the thumbnails for larger versions.
May 4, 2008
My pc these days. Last time I did one of these I still used KDE. Now it’s Openbox: faster, lighter, better looking…and so, so nerdy 😉