5.9:     antiX

Introduction

To get started:

For general orientation, see the antiX website under Links and Guides below.

Basic Fluxbox configuration

Fluxbox introduction

Fluxbox is a lightweight window manager for the X Windowing System. It provides configurable window decorations, a root menu to launch applications and a toolbar that shows the current workspace name, a set of application names and the current time. There is also a workspace menu which allows you to add or remove workspaces. Here are some tips about its use:

Edit Fluxbox menu

antiX comes with a customized Fluxbox menu. You may wish to change it to suit your own needs or simply to add new apps to the menu. antiX has tried to make this a fairly straightforward task. Save a backup copy of the menu file, just in case. Click Fluxbox menu --> Fluxbox --> File Editing --> Menu to see something like this:

# This is the default configured menu file for antiX:
# To edit this file, see "How to edit the menu" in the fluxbox-TIPS file in Documents.
# Or the excellent Fluxbox-wiki: http://fluxbox-wiki.org/index.php/Fluxbox-wiki
# [begin] (---antiX---)
# Automatically generated configured file for antiX
          [exec] (Terminal) {aterm -tr -trsb +sb -sl 3000 -fg white -T 'antiX'}
          [exec] (Browser) {firefox}
          [exec] (Files) {rox}
          [exec] (Email) {sylpheed-claws-gtk2}
     [separator]
     [submenu] (Office)   
       [submenu] (Editors)
          [exec] (AbiWord) {abiword}
          [exec] (Kword) {kword} 
          [exec] (Nano) {aterm -T "Nano" -e nano}
          [exec] (Scite) {scite}
          [exec] (Leafpad) {leafpad}
       [end]
       [submenu] (Viewers)
          [exec] (Gqview) {gqview}
          [exec] (Camstream) {camstream}
          [exec] (Xpdf) {xpdf}
          [exec] (Xzgv) {xzgv}
          [exec] (Xfi Image Viewer) {xfileimage}
       [end]
   [end]

The basic syntax is:

[tag] (label or filename) {command or filename} IconFilename

Which basically translates as:

[Instruction] (chosen app/file name) {command to run the app/file} PathToAppIcons

In this instance from the above menu, for example, the following will run AbiWord:

[exec] (AbiWord) {abiword}

There are other tags, such as the pair "submenu" and "end" which divide the menu into sections. For example, in the above menu "Office" is sub-divided into "Editors" and "Viewers", and both have a list of apps that can be launched. Another tag shown in the sample is "separator", which simply separates the menu entries with a line.

For more detailed information about menu options in fluxbox, see the excellent fluxbox-wiki in Links and Guides.


Basic Conky configuration

antiX uses by default Conky, a lightweight system monitor for the X Window System. Conky is able to monitor almost all systems variables including CPU, memory, swap, disk space, temperature, system messages.

For configuration and use, see the antiX website.


Basic Rox configuration

Rox introduction

antiX uses the Rox-filer application for managing files. It is a single-pane file organizer that, despite its simplicity, offers great functionality. By default, it opens to your home directory.

Make Rox Desktop permanent

By default, antiX uses the root window and does not set a desktop. Rox can be toggled by clicking Menu --> WM's --> Rox --> Pinboard. To make it permanent, right click the Menu --> Fluxbox --> Startup file --> Open as text> and uncomment the last line.

# Applications you want to run with fluxbox.
# MAKE SURE THAT APPS THAT KEEP RUNNING HAVE AN ''&'' AT THE END.
#
# unclutter -idle 2 &
# wmnd &
# wmsmixer -w &
# idesk &
# rox -pinboard=Default &

Disable conky by opening the .fluxbox Apps file - Menu --> Fluxbox --> File Editing --> Apps and commenting out this line:

[startup]   {conky}

Now you should be all set.

Add icons to Desktop

To do this you must either make Rox-Desktop permanent as described above, or run the Rox-Pinboard by clicking Menu --> WM's --> Rox --> Pinboard. Default setup puts a home folder on the top-left of the screen. To add icons linking to devices, applications, folders and files to the desktop simply drag and drop from within Rox-filer (Menu --> Files).