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Install Blackbox on Ubuntu Linux

The Ubuntu default desktop uses the Gnome window manager, but there are a number of different window managers that can be installed, including KDE, Xfce and Fluxbox.

Installing Blackbox is a simple process. You will want to make sure that you have selected the alternate install repositories.

Open a terminal window and use the following command:

sudo apt-get install blackbox

Once the install is complete, log out and click on the Options button in the lower left hand corner:

You will see a menu listing all of the window managers installed on your system. Select Blackbox from the menu, and continue to log in.

The Blackbox desktop is extremely simple, and looks a lot like Fluxbox. Right clicking on the background will give you the menu:

Really simple stuff. For more information about Blackbox including configuration tips, check out the home page.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/24/06

Comments (5)

  1. Joshua Laferriere

    Thank you soooo much! I’ve been trying to figure that one out for a while. Now only if I can get it to work with beryl.

  2. Joshua Laferriere

    thank you so much, I’ve been trying to install this on Ubuntu for a while. Now time for me to transfer my plugins :)

  3. quangtruong1985

    great ! Thanks so much. I’ve looked for this for a long time. Thanks again

  4. quangtruong1985

    Thanks so much ! it’s done well with Beryl !

  5. Kijo

    Hi, Did you post which versions of Ubuntu this works on? What about Natty using unity?

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