Gunmetal_Ghoul wrote:I made an outline (yeah, it's b/c I write a lot) of my problems/concerns w/ Fluxbox:
A. Function keys don't respond @ all
B. Volume/multimedia buttons won't work either
C. Configuring graphics (it keeps on asking to run in low graphics mode)
1. LCD screen not properly detected
2. Video card not properly configured
3. I wanna have the Elisa Media Center work okay (as a goal)
D. Waking up from sleep/hibernate
1. I'm getting a blank screen
2. It takes too long to wake up (if it does)
3. I get a lot of scrambled screens
4. This could [potentially] make me lose any unsaved data
II. Menu system
A. Duplicate menus show up (where'd they come from?)
B. Any deleted menus stay in the menu like ghosts of deleted apps!
C. @ times freshly installed apps won't show up on the menu
D. Hey, how do you configure the menu anyway?!
A. How do I change/remove wallpapers?
B. Are there any special (Compiz-like) effects possible?
C. What kinda eye candy is available/what can you expect to get from Fluxbox?
In the end, I feel that my frustration is only initial and I'm willing to take some time to learn this window manager. I wanna do it, but who will help me?
Quite a list you have there
The Fluxbox Wiki is a good place to look for Fluxbox related issues. http://fluxbox-wiki.org/index.php?title=Fluxbox-wiki
I. The backends of everything is the same as the XFCE CE and Xubuntu. Anything that works on those distros should work with Fluxbox CE.
- A & B: These buttons should work as long as they work with XFCE. Fluxbox CE uses the XFCE libraries to handle these functions. The standard Fluxbox method of handling keyboard shortcuts is to have them defined in ~/.fluxbox/keys. Look in the Wiki for more details.
You can also use the XFCE libraries to handle keyboard shortcut and special keys. Configure them in System Tools > Keyboard Settings > Shortcuts tab.
- C: I think is a driver issue. What graphics card are you using? lspci should give you this info or System Tools > Device Manager.
- D: Again, if Xubuntu can, Fluxbox CE should. Hibernate and suspend is a problematic issue in Linux and it is also inconsistent from one version of Ubuntu to another. Ask me how I know this
You could try to disable xcompmgr (the graphical effects) and see if that gets you anywhere... This is explained in the release notes: http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_felicia_fluxbox.php
- A, B & C: This sounds like a bug. The menu is created and updated by mint-fm2 and it should add new entries and remove old ones automatically. Can you please give me details as to which applications you installed and/or removed. As and interim fix you can force regeneration of the menu by enabling/disabling menu icons in mintDesktop or deleting the ~/.fluxbox/menu file, logging out and logging in. Does this still give you the same errors? Note that mint-fm2 is started in the ~/.fluxbox/startup file. Make sure it is there... it should be by default. Please read the "Whats New" page: http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_felicia_fl ... atsnew.php
- D: The root menu is stored in ~/.fluxbox/menu while the autoupdated submenus are located in ~/.mint-fm2/submenus/ They are all standard fluxbox menu files... Each entry in the submenus has a commented part (after a '#') to allow mint-fm2 to recognize which applications have been removed. Do not remove these 'tags'. For details on editing the menu, please read the Fluxbox Wiki.
- A: Wallpapers in Fluxbox CE are handled by Nitrogen. If you do not want a wallpaper, simply remove Nitrogen from ~/.fluxbox/startup. To configure wallpapers run System Tools > Nitrogen Wallpaper Chooser.
- B & C: Fluxbox is quite minimalistic and so you wont get the eye-popping Compiz style effects. But, there is xcompmgr which is enabled automatically if 3D acceleration is detected. The default setup provides some shadows and light fade in/out effects. Run 'man xcompmgr' in a terminal for more info and change it to your wish in ~/.fluxbox/startup.
You can also have Fluxbox handled transparencies. Set it in the Fluxbox config files (see wiki) or int the menu Fluxbox > Fluxbox Menu > Transparency. Sorry, no wobbly windows
Compiz does not work with Fluxbox because they are both window managers. You can only have one or the other.
Please give more info on the menu problems. Mint-FM2 is really my first attempt at creating an application that does anything substantial. So I wouldn't be surprised if there are problems.