A little background. Before upgrading to F15, I used Gnome out of box. I installed much the same with Fedora 15 i386 ISO at Fedoraproject.org's home page. Gnome 3 is not supported on my laptop. I'm investigating other options to avoid bloat.
I currently have Gnome running the show on my fresh F15 install. I think I'd like to streamline and try Xfce as an alternative to Gnome and use the Fluxbox window manager. Before I make a change which takes me hours to undo lets clear up a few confusing points about setting things up,
- One SuperUser post suggests installing system-switch-displaymanager.
- Same post says edit /etc/sysconfig/desktop, but I do not have this file or anything like it in sysconfig.
- Another SuperUser post suggests using Switchdesk.
- XFCE has install instructions but nothing to add fluxbox. The command startxfce4 did work to get xfce started. Yet, I don't yet understand. What is a ".desktop file"?
- Fluxbox wiki has no entry for XFCE. It has instructions for GDE. Since this is already installed, I followed the instructions looking for /etc/gdm/Sessions/fluxbox OR /etc/X11/gdm/Sessions/fluxbox" but my install does not match these directories. Nor does the tree contain the targeted files. And, seems this page in the fluxbox wiki was last edited in 2009, when I installed F11!
I am beginning to understand maybe why there are several packages to change these settings--two I listed above.
Any others? Any idea why they are not included as alternatives in these above wiki pages? Is there some counter culture of making life easier these developers have not yet discovered? hahah
Anyone have a successful Xfce + Fluxbox install?
-- UPDATE= The Xfce wiki has a page suggesting the use of a file named .xinitrc with an example file. I added it to the home directory and I was able to start into Xfce with startX rather than startxfce. Turns out fluxbox also has an example of an .xinitrc file which can be used with startx command to launch fluxbox. I am as yet unfamiliar with what the .xinitrc does, though I did find this page at ArchWiki.
-- (#2 - This is necessary for me since I default to runlevel 3 in order to obtain root access to the graphical environment. With login from the command line, I start the graphical environment with # startx and therefore bypass the window manager menu).
(* XFCE uses language that describes window manager: "Window decorations [...] Select the theme in the Window Manager Settings...You can find more information about how to create a window manager theme here."