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Old 29th September 2016
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Default OpenBSD 6.0 - lightweight WM

Hi Guys,
I have a TOHISBA NB-305 netbook (Intel Atom N450 1,66 GHz, 1GB RAM) with OpenBSD on it. What lightweight window manager would you recommend providing the hardware is not powerful as you can see?

I installed X with base system and I have FVWM and CWM but I don't really know how to "polish" them to not look like rock carvings - although it has its beauty

Thanks is advance
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Old 29th September 2016
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Stacking window manager: Openbox or Fluxbox
Tiling window manager: i3
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Old 29th September 2016
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I have a TOHISBA NB-305 netbook (Intel Atom N450 1,66 GHz, 1GB RAM) with OpenBSD on it. What lightweight window manager would you recommend providing the hardware is not powerful as you can see?
cwm(1), & it is part of OpenBSD's base installation.
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I used icewm (stacking) for many years. Now I'm fully converted to tiling WMs, and use spectrwm. If I didn't have that I'd use dwm.

My preferences in descending order:
spectrwm => dwm => i3 => xmonad
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Try lwm. Not for everybody, for sure, but it's as minimalist and lightweight as they come. You'll have to compile it yourself, there's no package; but it builds cleanly.

http://www.jfc.org.uk/software/lwm.html
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Old 29th September 2016
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I use wmii everywhere including on a Zaurus. Tiling with tags instead of desktops. Nicely scriptable through the P9 interface.

Obviously, you've got options here.

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Just for completeness it's worth mentioning twm(1), which is part of X. The question is whether or not it will meet your needs. (Personally, I use fluxbox everywhere.)
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How much polish do you want and what do you want to start with?

I polished OpenBox to the point it looks and acts like OS/X and have uploaded the configurations to the HowTo section on this forum. I last updated for 5.8 but I am continuing to use the same configuration in 6.0.
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Openbox for stacking, I like dwm for tiling. I have a little page on it, with links to better pages

https://srobb.net/dwm.html

And one for spectrwm

https://srobb.net/spectrwm.html

I have one for openbox and fluxbox too, but they're really out of date, so I'm not going to give the links.
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Code:
$ cd /usr/ports
$ make search key="window manager" | grep Port | wc -l
49
$
That large count of window managers doesn't include the big integrated desktops like Gnome, KDE, or XFCE, nor the 3 built-in window managers.

There are many choices. I use i3, and I sometimes run fluxbox under Xephyr(1) inside an i3 workspace for stacking applications.
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I'm using fvwm (v. 2.2.5 from the base install) and I love it! Yes, the default appearance looks positively dated, but once you notice that you can practically tweak anything it's fantastic. Runs perfectly fine on hardware that is considered ancient on these shores: AMD-K6 3D+ 400 MHz, 256 MB RAM.

The learning curve is high. The best approach would be to try and surf the web for configurations with screenshots and see if you can find one that appeals to you. Download the config file and start tweaking from there. A good place to start would be here:
http://www.xwinman.org/fvwm.php
http://fvwmforums.org/phpBB3/

Keep in mind that if you use the fvwm that's included in the base install you'll have a very old version of fvwm (2.2.5). This is especially important if you try to search the web for configuration ideas or problem solutions. Several things have changed between that version the latest one (2.6.5). Furthermore, a few of the modules were removed from the OpenBSD source tree about four years ago:

the whole extras directory
as well as FvwmAnimate, FvwmAudio, FvwmEvent from the basic module collection.

Despite that, I still haven't managed to exhaust the configuration options with the base install. For the latest and greatest features you'll have to install fvwm from the ports collection.

BTW, the OpenBSD base install ships with four fvwm config files:
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/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fvwm/.fvwmrc
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fvwm/system.fvwm2rc
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fvwm/system.fvwm2rc-sample-1
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fvwm/system.fvwm2rc-sample-2
I you were wondering, the first one, the dotfile, is the one that loads when you first start into X11 on OpenBSD.
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Great! Thanks fvgit for your reply! I was hunting for some good configs of fvwm to tweak. Doing that from scratch seemed like a monstrous job

scottro could you send some prt scrns and a config file?
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I regularly install Fluxbox, easy to use & keeps out of your way, (only adds a few MB's).
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@beiroot, you're better off looking for screenshots online. Mine are always very plain.
By config file, you mean for openbox or dwm?

Anyway, I put ones that I use on a CentOS install up
https://srobb.net/config.h
https://srobb.net/rc.xml
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Default Lumina Desktop

I use, lumina desktop, it is built for BSD, and looks good, and focus on low memory usage.
https://lumina-desktop.org/get-lumina/.

pkg_add lumina
pkg_add nano (or use vi)

nano .xinitrc
exec Lumina-DE

Run startx.
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Sorry for being late to the party.
I installed herbstluftwm yesterday on my box and working great. Trying to learn OpenBSD and this tilingwm hand in hand.
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