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Blackbox is a fast and minimalistic window manager for Linux.
There are multiple WMs and Windows shell replacements based on and/or inspired by Blackbox.
If you're using a *box environment, feel free to join and contribute.

What's different about Blackbox
- It's very simplistic; some might even perceive it as ascetical or downright barren. When migrating from an environment filled with images, eye-candy and gadgets, the typical Blackbox desktop can shock a new user due to the sheer amount of empty space. It's called screen estate and some people value it and want as much of it as possible. It doesn't have to be this way - you can add most of the tools and gadgets that you have in other environments.
- Blackbox is very minimalist in its approach as a window manager. It manages windows, period. It doesn't do desktop icons and shortcuts, keyboard handling, flashy menus, tools and gadgets. All of these are available through 3rd-party tools and add-ons, which you can add to your environment as you please. It's just not Blackbox's job to provide them.
- Blackbox is very flexible! By sticking to the basics, but implementing common standards, it allows scores of 3rd-party tools to be used to expand its default functionality. You can use Blackbox as the foundation and create any kind of desktop you can imagine!

The Blackbox philosophy
- Do one thing and do it well: manage windows.
- Keep everything small, fast and simple.
- Follow the standards, and work with any tool or application that also follows standards.
- "Perfection is reached not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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X window managers:

:bulletgreen: Blackbox

- Based on Blackbox WM:
:bulletgreen: Hackedbox
:bulletgreen: Fluxbox
:bulletgreen: Openbox until version 3.0

Windows shell replacements:

:bulletgreen: BB4Win

- BB4Win dev branches:
:bulletgreen: Xoblite
:bulletgreen: bbLean

- Based on bbLean:
:bulletgreen: bbClean (Latest build here)
:bulletgreen: bbLean::mod
:bulletgreen: Blackbox Zero

Note: out of the Windows shells, most stable and compatible (up to Windows 7) is bbLean, which has a 64-bit build. Xoblite and others are 32-bit only and hence incompatible with any modern system. bbLean and bbLeanskin plugin may have issues on Windows 8.


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1DeViLiShDuDe Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the request of my gtk theme! :heart::rose:
pitkon Jan 20, 2014   Interface Designer
Our pleasure :)
PwnAzn Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

If anyone knows how to do this please let me know!

pitkon Jan 20, 2014   Interface Designer
I already answered on my friend...
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A sad day for the BB community, a hacker razed the user table and tresni has decided it can't continue.

R.I.P. LostInTheBox, is was a great ride!
end of an era!
pitkon Jan 15, 2014   Interface Designer
There is a new site now, my friend.
Fantastic pitkon!! Already signed up. And, thanks from a long time but quiet BB user!
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Coo, I'll check it out.
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LucaNo94 Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for accepting my themes :D
I wasn't really trying to get the steampunk volume  xwidget accepted into a gallery, I was just drawing your attention to it. No hard feelings.
appreciate your request, Thank you so much! :wave:
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