Tint2, Nitrogen, and Openbox Awesomeness
Posted on 2010-01-23 (Updated on 2019-01-24)
I've recently transitioned myself over to a Openbox-based desktop by installing Xubuntu and pulling out most of the XFCE stuff. It's been quite the learning experience, and I've discovered a couple things that I thought I should share:
Both Tint2 (a panel application) and Nitrogen (an application that displays background images) support dual-monitor setups in very cool ways.
- Tint2 splits your window list into two separate lists. At first I thought I had discovered a bug, but after a couple minutes I realized that all windows open on monitor 1 were showing up in the list on the right, and all of monitor 2's windows were on the other side. Awesome.
- Nitrogen allows you to set one background image that spans across the entire desktop, or two separate background images in a way that makes sense on two physical monitors. I would have been much happier using Gnome if they had gotten this right–way to go Nitrogen guys! Awesome!
If you want to close a window that's show on your tint panel, you can simply right-click on it. AWESOME!
At first, I was running Openbox without any panel at all, but in light of Tint2's awesomeness, I can't see doing without it. These are the kind of little things that make me love Linux and Free software so much.
<p>I mainly use my own keyboard shortcuts. Super+T opens a terminal, Super+W opens Firefox, Super+E opens Geany, etc.</p> <p>For less used programs, I set up an "Apps" folder in the Openbox menu, and use Super+space to open that from the keyboard.</p>
<p>That sounds like a nice light-weight setup. Are you strictly using the OpenBox right-click menu for launching applications are do you use a different application like gnome-do,launchy, or dmenu?</p>
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