Recreating Manjaro Fluxbox17 Feb 2020
Fluxbox may not be for everyone but I’ve always liked it.
Manjaro 19 with Fluxbox
The Manjaro Fluxbox spin’s last release was December of 2015. At that time I was running it on this same laptop and really liked it. I tried to keep that install alive for quite a while but eventually gave up and moved on to something else. As time went on there were a growing number of breakages and without the Fluxbox spin being maintained it became too much of a hassle to keep running. Recently I’d been thinking about that distro and decided I’d try to recreate it using an up-to-date version of Manjaro. To start I spun up a virtual machine with Manjaro Fluxbox 15.12 and copied out the Fluxbox config files. I then installed the prerelease of Manjaro 19 XFCE on my laptop. From there I installed Fluxbox and the programs listed in the Fluxbox startup config. After copying the old config files to my laptop, I logged in using Fluxbox. It was a mess but the base was there to start. From there I installed missing programs and adjusted themes until I had a usable system. With the system usable I then started tweaking settings and swapping out applications until I had everything to my liking. It is not an exact recreation of the old Fluxbox version (my tastes have changed therefore so have the applications I use) but I really like it. I’m still trying to solve a couple paper cut issues but they are minor and I can always login to XFCE if I like.