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September 7, 2022 - TuxCare expert team
Openbox is the default window manager in LXDE and LXQt and is used in various Linux distributions. Many consider Openbox to be a free, stackable window manager for the X Window system. Openbox is considered a “lightweight” GUI and its unique design can make its functionality more agile on operating systems such as Linux. Moreover, the speed and design of Openbox allow it to run on older or obsolete devices with slower processors.
Although it can be installed on almost any Linux distribution, it is still very difficult to configure it as it takes a lot of time and effort.
To solve this problem, it is advisable that users use a Linux distribution that offers an Openbox variant.
The leading Linux distributions that enable Openbox include Archcraft, ArcolinuxB Openbox, AV Linux MX Edition, Bunsenlabs Linux, Crunchbangplusplus, Mabox Linux, and Sparky Linux Openbox.
Archcraft offers the feature as the default desktop and it offers a minimal and lightweight environment as it can run under 500 MB without compromising the looks. The UI elements are cohesive, users can change themes and it has built-in support for AUR and Chaotic-AUR.
ArcolinuxB Openbox distro is good for the Linux desktop, especially for those interested in learning Arch (the main theme of the Arcolinux project).
AV Linux MX Edition is based on MX Linux, but with Openbox as Windows Manager. It uses the powerful Liquorix kernel and offers low latency audio, while also supporting Windows audio via wine-staging.
Bunsenlabs Linux is a Debian-based distribution that provides a lightweight and easily customizable Openbox desktop. It is based on Debian 10, which means that users get the older version of apps in Repos.
The sources for this piece include an article in ITFOSS.
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