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Posted: 06 Aug 2017, 16:13
I have used Openbox for over 15yrs across many distro's.
However... although it's a quality WM it's not a DE.
Posted: 07 Aug 2017, 06:57
A DE is a WM with some extras, like task bar panel, file manager, etc. All these you can have with OpenBox + XFE (which, by the way, also depends on libFOX).
Posted: 07 Aug 2017, 22:48
A DE is an integrated environment that includes... a WM with other "elements".
Anything else is only just... a WM with other "elements".
Again this is not opinion... merely definition.
see... Desktop environment
Again... I am more than familiar with Openbox which uses Mesa dependency.
However... PekWM is radically lighter because it uses only XCB
I'm also totaly familiar with... Tint2 (Gtk?)... Xfe (FoX) and SlimDM (XCB)
...just to name a few elements I have used for many years.
These desktop elements function more efficiently inside a DE.
EDE (it's in the USM) would be a high performance solution but...
unfortunately it's FLTK widget aesthetics are horribly outdated.
The FoX toolkit widgets are not fancy but
...they are far more modern than FLTK.
Which is why I chose FXDE.
It's toolkit (FoX) is magnitudes lighter...
than Gtk/Qt but still looks half decent.
Posted: 09 Aug 2017, 17:27
I am more than ready to move on from FXDE to PekWM plus "extras" when there
is support for Tint2's Network Manager icon and the Porteus dialog boxes.
Perhaps this is possible... because Openbox is a deal breaker for me @ this point.
Posted: 01 Sep 2017, 03:11
PyPanel sounds like a plan because it only uses Python.
Tint2 and fbpanel unfortunately... use GTK.