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    Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    Hi all,

    I have purchased an ASUS laptop with ubuntu 12.04 bundled. The performance is not how I would like it and most of the stuff is not useful for me (besides the drivers and stuff like function keys etc)
    So I installed openbox as WM and configured it to suite my needs. Now I still have Ubuntu with several GUIs installed and a bunch of stuff I don't need.
    Can I "downgrade" to just use openbox and nothing else, but keep benefits like function keys and good drivers? Or is it better to do a fresh install? And which base should I choose if i want to use Openbox?

    Thanks to all

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    You don't need to do anything, actually. Just select Openbox from the login screen, and you're good to go.

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    A minimal install + Openbox would fly fast! But it is probably not for those without some expertise. I suggest Xubuntu or Lubuntu (Lubuntu uses Openbox as it's window manager, sounds like what you want), and a fresh install of Lubuntu will include whatever non-proprietery drivers you might need, a nice choice of lightweight applications, and the simple and functional LXDE desktop managed by a first-rate file manager (PCManFM). But with Openbox you can unselect "let PCManFM manage the desktop" and use the LXDE panel and goodies or not.

    If you want to try Openbox all by itself without any LXDE mixed in, just for giggles check out Crunchbang Linux (Debian Stable with Openbox, Conky, and some preconfigured cool lightweight stuff. Geeky fun!

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    Openbox on its own can be a lot of fun if you like tinkering with things. A lot needs to be done manually that has wizards and GUIs in other DEs.
    Please, people, remember to BACKUP before you install that new system. Same if you're upgrading.

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    @Irihapeti and OP: Crunchbang is a great choice for a clean Openbox experience, and there is minimal tinkering required (menu short-cuts for gui config tools), plus the Crunchbang forum is chock-full of great advice for those who want to tinker!

    Another option is the French distribution 'Madbox' which is Ubu 12.04 with Openbox, though i'm not sure if they've updated the iso so there may well be a lot of updates needed.

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    Thanks for you answers so far.
    I have been trying Lubuntu and Xubuntu in the past, but actually I like it more minimal and that's why i switched to a "pure" openbox with minimal own configuration.

    I am a little bit concerned about Lubuntu, because last time audio- and video-drivers actually where not really working good in there.

    The reason why I would prefer to do the switch from my current installation without doing a whole new installation is that I did already many settings and installed a lot of tools, after a fresh install I would need to do it again. But on the other hand, weekend is coming, maybe I really do a full switch to crunchbang. Heard a lot of it. Does it have a good support for additional monitors and other relevant stuff on laptops?

    Thx

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    Howdy.

    It sounds like you've already got what you want, a working Debian based system (Ubuntu) with a minimal Openbox desktop. If your drivers and everything is working great...why change. Since your system is working well, the only reason i would consider a reinstall/other install is if i didn't have enough hard drive space for all the extra fluff of a full Ubuntu install (not an issue for most users) or if i simply wanted to tinker/play (your decision, nobody on the forum can answer that for you).

    Have fun,

    mardybear

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    @mardybear: the reason i wanted to switch, is that i now had gnome, openbox and lubuntu openbox installed at the same time, which did not look like a good idea ..

    anyway, I really made the switch to crunchbang and must say I am quite happy . only thing is that my touchpad is not working like it should be, but I'm gonna figure this one out soon hopefully

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    Just because gnome, lubuntu and openbox are installed, you're essentially just running one at a time especially if you take the time to tweak your startup/background processes. Have fun with crunchbang though...i tried it a while back but found that everything worked better in ubuntu (eg. your touchpad). Maybe i'll give it another try though...just for fun!

    Take care, mardybear

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    Re: Do a switch from ubuntu to lubuntu/openbox without loosing the advantages?

    Quote Originally Posted by sb1980ma View Post
    @mardybear: the reason i wanted to switch, is that i now had gnome, openbox and lubuntu openbox installed at the same time, which did not look like a good idea ..
    Harmless.

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