Blackbox For Windows (bb4win) makes Windows Livable for Me

I actually kind of like the Windows paradigm, especially Windows XP.  Thank you, Xerox!

What I don’t like is the complete lack of ability to customize the appearance without getting something bloated like Windowblinds.  Even then, it’s more like skinning, not customizing.  I have been spoiled by the incredible flexibility of KDE (thanks folks!), and upon finding bb4win, my life got happier.

I find it amusing that I tried fluxbox on my ‘buntu machine, and didn’t fall in love with it in the same way.  I think that’s because I am happy with KDE.  I need to get some screenshots up, but the two best places for reference are…

1) Lost in the Box

2) Boxshots

FWIW, I run bbLean1.17.  There are some very talented people at Boxshots who make bb4win look darn sexy.  I don’t do anything incredibly fancy, but it works for me.

The number one feature I like about bb4win is bbkeys — being able to map key combinations to my heart’s content.  New message, minimize all, maximize, move to a new workspace, change workspace, etc.  The two I miss the most (broke a few revisions ago) are “maximize horizontally” and “maximize vertically”.  For some reason they haven’t been able to work those back in.

AltDrag also helps Window be more tolerable and bring ‘box functionality into Windows.  Alt+left-mouse lets you move a window around without having to grab the title bare; Alt+right-mouse let’s you resize.  Just like KDE, or fluxbox.  How nice.


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