Fluxbox: As opposed to KDE and Gnome, Fluxbox is one of the light weight window managers. It is simple, fast, efficient and highly customizable. I saved the bad news to the last; its many configuration options require some tweaking with the text files. To enjoy using Fluxbox, we have to get our hands dirty with some text-file editing.
First, navigate to your home directory and change your directory to .fluxbox. You can do that with
from the command line or by your favorite file manager. Inside this folder, you will see a file named "startup" (without the quotes). Following is the beginning of the file I have copied for you:
# fluxbox startup-script:
# Lines starting with a '#' are ignored.
# You can set your favorite wallpaper here if you don't want
# to do it from your style.
# fbsetbg -f /home/diablo/pictures/wallpaper.png
We remove the hash mark (#) from the last line and set our absolute path for the image we want to see as our wallpaper.Then we move on to the next lines;
# This sets a black background
/usr/bin/fbsetroot -solid black
Voilà! Here we found why our desktop background is solid black (yours may be different than mine if you're using a different theme). Put a hash mark (#) at the last line and we're done.
There are also other window managers for Linux, such as AfterStep, IceWM, Enlightenment, and FVWM which you can look at on their webpages and/or install them on your system to check. In many desktop managers, either right-clicking on the desktop and looking for settings or navigating to /home/your_user/ directory and checking out the files for the installed window manager will put you on the right track for changing your desktop background or other settings.
That's all for today. Until the next article, happy tuxing!