Ubuntu’s default desktop is the Gnome window manager. One of the cool things about Linux is there are multiple different window managers you can install. Some of them we have showed you how to install, like Fluxbox and XFCE or Xubuntu. Here is how to install Blackbox on Ubuntu.
Before we begin here is a little information about what Blackbox really is taken directly form its official site:
Blackbox is the fast, lightweight window manager for the X Window System you have been looking for, without all those annoying library dependencies. Blackbox is built with C++ and contains completely original code (even though the graphics implementation is similar to that of WindowMaker).
Pretty awesome window manager. So finally here is how to get Blackbox on your Ubuntu machine.
Just like the others window managers we have shown you guys, installing Blackbox is just as easy. Just make sure you have selected the alternate install repositories before you try to install this window manager.
Fire up your Ubuntu machine and launch the terminal and type in “sudo apt-get install blackbox” without the quotes of course. It will look like this:
It will ask for a password so be ready to put it in. It should take a quite a bit of time for it to finish so be patient. After it is finished logoff and select your user name and change your environment or windows manager to Blackbox and log in.
Just like Fluxbox, Blackbox looks really similar and has the same right click menu. To get back just click exit on the menu under Blackbox.
If you want to get back to this window manage just make sure you select that option in the login screen. Have any questions or comment post them below in our comment section or in our forum. Don’t forget to check out our other Ubuntu how to articles.