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Fluxconf2015 - Genesis of the 'There is no cabal!'

Sat Aug 15 10:06:16 UTC 2015

Much to the surprise of MOST (I think, ALL except two) fluxboxers on the planet, a HUGE conference took place on 2015-08-13 in Heidelberg:


In case you missed the conference or were too late to grab the gold tickets: You next chance will be in 2025, Fluxconf takes place only once in 10 years. If the moon is at the right position.

Right now, in Heidelberg / Germany, DebConf2015 is taking place. A nice dude, who travels under the name "Paul ☃ Tagliamonte", happens to be there, for some absolutely unrelated reason.

Coincidentally, yours truly had things to do in Bonn / Germany, which is relativly close to DebConf2015. So, in some kind of spontaneous mood, we decided to just meet in person in Heidelberg.

Time was crucial and very limited. We managed to pack a lot of things into the little we had: a keynote, several talks, a BoF regarding version numbers, evil master plans and a lot more. And beer. Obviously.

Sadly, we were too drunk and/or jetlagged (Paul was up 24hours already when I arrived at his location) to take any pictures. So, you have to take my word for it: it was great!


Fluxbox 1.3.7 - Bam! Zero Bugs!!11!

Sun Feb 08 12:57:55 UTC 2015

To release 1.3.6 ~ a month ago was a great success: A lot of you, our users, who rarely run bleeding edge fluxbox.git, were confronted with what was hidden in the git repository for almost 2 years. Due to the lack of testing power there was no other way to get "massive" feedback. 1.3.6 generated the feedback we needed to make 1.3.7. There will be bugs, obviously, but we think 1.3.7 is in pretty good shape. Without further ado:

Critical Bugfixes:

  • Segfault on startup (mostly *BSD)
  • Segfault on shutdown
  • Segfault on clicking the Remember menu
  • Menu crops on TypeAhead

Minor Bugfixes:

  • Working autorepeat keys
  • Working vertical rotated Tabs and Toolbar
  • Proper size of titlebar buttons on restart / detaching tabs
  • Missing windowmenu works again
  • Several glitches in the menu
  • Correct handling of 'maximized' statement in the apps file


  • The improved TypeAhead sytem is not limited to matches on beginning of menu items anymore, the behavior is configurable:

    • Nowhere - disables TypeAhead support
    • ItemStart - matches typed text only at the start of a menu item
    • Somewhere - matches typed text somewhere in a menu item (Currently this is a configfile-only option)
  • Minor tweaks to the i18n system

  • Updated turkish translations

End User unrelated:

  • Code refactoring and cleanup, assisted by Coverity and clang static code analysis

Get it at the usual places, downloading the source is one option.

The Fluxbox team

Fluxbox 1.3.6 - It's about time.

Tue Jan 06 08:53:46 UTC 2015

After a long long long time it's finally time to give the world a new release: 1.3.6. Many thanks to all the contributors who brought you:

Critical Bugfixes:

  • Clocktool problems
  • Rendering long text
  • Race condition on shutdown
  • Lost keypresses after workspace switch
  • Corruption of fbrun-history

Minor Bugfixes:

  • Resize and Move problems


  • 'ArrangeWindowsStack' action
  • Treat Windows with WM_CLASS == "DockApp" as DockApps


  • Updated translations (Bulgarian, Hebrew, Japanese)

Let it 'flux'! And a happy and successful 2015!

The Fluxbox team

Fluxbox 1.3.5 - Damn logic!

Wed Feb 13 10:12:37 UTC 2013

A nasty, little bug went undiscovered into 1.3.3 and prevented the logic commands from working. So, if you happen to use any of the logic commands like 'if', 'and' or .. well .. 'or' in your keys-file: This is the release that fixes that for you. Nothing else was added or fixed.

Sorry for the inconvinience!

The Fluxbox team

Fluxbox 1.3.4 - bend physics back to reality

Sun Feb 10 16:34:13 UTC 2013

New year, new release. Since the fluxbox-1.3.4 contained a few rather nasty bugs (some have labeled it "unlucky release" :)), here is the 100% bug free version you should use from now on. No more time holes, sorry folks.


  • Added 'LHalf' / 'RHalf' titlebar buttons
  • Added 'ClientPatternTest' command for testing clientpatterns via fluxbox-remote
  • Added 'he_IL' translations

Critical Bugfixes in 1.3.4:

  • All timer based problems are fixed now
  • Fixed integer overflows for some gradient textures
  • Fixed compile issue on MacOS

Other Bugfixes:

  • Correct renderinger of 'sunken' textures
  • Move windows without the lagging-behind-effect on slower machines
  • Improved color brightening in textures
  • Memory and other code improvements in texture rendering code
  • Fix build-system issues

Happy fluxboxing!

The Fluxbox team

The world did not end - let's release 1.3.3

Sun Dec 30 20:01:41 UTC 2012

So, the world is still rotating around the sun and before our calendar hits 2013 we decided to release a new stable version of fluxbox. This is mostly a bugfix release.


  • Added 'NearestCorner', 'NearestEdge' and 'NearestCornerOrEdge' resize methods
  • Added percentage values for commands such as ResizeWindow
  • Added style ressources 'menu.hilite.font', 'menu.hilite.justify'
  • Added 'OnTab' modifier for keys file
  • Added _MOTIF_WM_INFO atom to advertise motif capabilities
  • Added 'fullscreen', 'maximizedhorizontal', 'maximizedvertical' tests to client patterns
  • Added option to revert focus to previous window only on current head in a multi-monitor setup
  • Rewrite of FbTk::TextureRenderer (simpler code)
  • Improved building on Microsoft Windows

Critical Bugfixes:

  • Use of monotonic increasing clock for timer, not affected by leap seconds etc.

Other Bugfixes:

  • Fixed placement off transient windows in a multi-monitor setup with 'holes'
  • Fixed usage of '~' as part of style filenames
  • Replaced (deprecated) XKeycodeToKeysym() with XkbKeycodeToKeysym()
  • Improved vertical alignment of text in decorations
  • Fixed compiler and code style issues
  • Updated italian translations

Happy fluxboxing, great health, luck and everything else for 2013!

The Fluxbox team

Short and sweet and to the point: 1.3.2

Sun Oct 30 09:33:50 UTC 2011

Today the fluxbox team is very happy to announce a new release of fluxbox 1.3.2

After a very successful participation in GSOC2011 (we will report more soonish) and right before we are starting our (slow turning, point taken) engines to integrate the result of the two GSOC2011 projects into the main line (which might be a bit bumpy), we wanted something more stable for you.

Both Pavel and Gediminas, our GSOC2011 participants, contributed to this release all over the place. Most notably, Gediminas added ARGB32 visuals to fluxbox (so, yes, your cairo-dock now looks awesome again). And Gediminas cleaned up some gory old code mess and fixed some crashes along the road.

So, happy release and happy fluxboxing!

The Fluxbox team

GSOC2011... fluxbox participates!

Sun Mar 20 11:45:08 UTC 2011


Your beloved and trusted windowmanager got accepted as a mentoring organization on the Google-Summer of Code. For those of you living under a rock, I will briefly describe the general idea of GSOC:

You work fulltime on a fluxbox related project over the summer
and get paid by Google. Yes, paid. Money.

At the moment we are working on filling out some related paper work (eg, application templates), but you can have a look at some project ideas we have. You can read more about the next steps for you and us at Google's blog.

This is the first time we tried to become part of SOC and we are very happy to see this happen.


Just as promised... 1.3.1!

Sun Feb 27 18:00:54 UTC 2011

Getting the 1.3.0 out of the door brought up some hidden bugs, we tried hard to catch most of them in the last week. Since that went very well, we have a new release for you:

Critical Bugfixes:

  • Fix for not hiding submenus if menuDelay is set.
  • Fix crash when moving transient windows (Dialogs) between Workspaces, #3088856.
  • Fix crash when SystemTray was rotated 90/270 degree, #3188223.
  • Fix potential crash when gettting an UnmapEvent before a FocusEvent.
  • Fix potential crash on accessing NULL-pointer.

Other Bugfixes:

  • Fix wrong width calculation of Systemtray, #3150939.
  • Fix initial placement of WindowMenu, #2731524.
  • Fix incorrectly shown alpha values in Menus, #3187373.
  • Fix render 'sunken' Textures correctly.

Personal note from Mathias: This is the first time 'fluxgen' was not able to get this release out of the door himself. He has injured himself by trying something a real hacker should never be allowed: Leave the keyboard. So, best whishes from here towards Henrik!


You didn't see that coming, did you?

Sat Feb 19 18:50:02 UTC 2011

Fluxbox 1.3 has arrived! A long long long time is over, and we finally decided to make a release.

  • Added support for bidirectional text, #2801836.
  • Allow to override 'Focus New Windows' via .fluxbox/apps
  • New actions:
    • ActivateTab
    • ArrangeWindowsVertical
  • New 'MoveN' and 'ClickN' action support for keys file
  • New focus model 'StrictMouseFocus'. This will affect focus when closing, moving, lowering windows, changing desktops, etc, whereas the 'MouseFocus' model will only change focus when you move the mouse.
  • New "background: unset" property for use in overlays.
  • Allowing relative paths for background images in style files.
  • Allowing matching screen number in ClientPattern.
  • Removed rootcommand from init, as fbsetbg is run automatically nowadays.
  • Removed line style resources from init file.

In any case, we hope to get more into the 'flux' way of doing things, aka release early and often. So, have fun with this release.

Personal note from Mathias: This one is dedicated to the first official 'fluxbaby' on the planet: my daughter Karo, born on 6th of November 2010. Which is, btw, the birthday of Henrik as well :)

The Fluxbox Team


Fri Sep 19 05:24:52 UTC 2008

As announced, we have started a new development cycle. So, it is time for
a new release: 1.1.1. It fixes some important issues discovered since the
last release. Go and grab it from the usual place and … happy fluxboxing!

The Fluxbox Team

New Development Release 1.1.0

Thu Sep 04 18:12:51 UTC 2008

This is the first release of the new development release cycle.
A lot has happened since 1.0.0 so check out all the new features in the NEWS

The Fluxbox Team

New Website

Thu May 15 05:29:45 UTC 2008

In case you can’t tell, we have a new website. Huzzah!

If you need some of the old content, go over to

Many thanks fly over to famous tenner who
made the redesign.

The Fluxbox Team

A xmas gi(f)t

Wed Dec 26 12:36:00 UTC 2007

The fluxbox team has decided to switch over to git
for version control. You can surf the official repository at

and can grab your own copy of the whole project by cloning it via

git clone git:// fluxbox.git

We hope to bring up a new version of the homepage soonish (planning first
month of the next year). Aside from all this “meta” stuff Mark did
an excellent job by hunting down lots of bugs while the rest of the crew
is a bit busy with real life jobs, so the team wants to send a big hug
over to Mark :)

For the rest of you: we wish you a good time with your family and a happy
new year.


fbdesk 1.4.1

Thu Oct 11 20:00:00 UTC 2007

A new fbdesk release. This release fixes the flickering issue with the
latest fluxbox release and parsing of the icon file.

Check it out here.


Fluxbox 1.0.0

Mon Oct 08 21:00:00 UTC 2007

A new stable release! Finally after almost four and a half years with
0.9.x release we got to 1.0.0! This release includes a lot of bugfixes,
new styles, updated language support, better shaped corners and much more.

Grab it here!

More info about the release here

We will soon update the entire webpage, so stay tuned!


Fluxbox 1.0 Release Candidate 3

Tue Mar 20 19:55:00 UTC 2007

This release has lots of new feature and lots of bug fixes.
More extended window manager hints support, support for mouse buttons in keys file,
language updates and much more. See ChangeLog and NEWS file more details.

Download and info here.

This is the final release candidate, the next release will be 1.0.0 stable! So please
help us and report the Bugs you find in this release.


Fluxbox 1.0 Release Candidate 2

Mon Jul 03 05:23:00 UTC 2006

With numerous fixes and improvements from the first RC. Please work it out
hard and let us know about any Bugs. You can find news on the changes
in the usual place, and download from the Downloads page.

UPDATE: There were some crashes on startup reported on Solaris and FreeBSD. Please use this patch to resolve them.


A new developer to the team!

Wed Jun 14 08:03:00 UTC 2006

We would like to welcome Mark Tiefenbruck to the development team. He
has been around and contributing useful bug fixes and features for a
while now. You might know him from such patches as… key modes and toggle
items, plus many other welcome fixes and improvements.


New Release: 1.0rc !

Tue Jun 13 20:19:00 UTC 2006

1.0 release candidate is finally here! Check out news here.

Download it here.

This release has better support for EWMH:docs/ewmh-support.html and UTF-8.
It also includes the old external tabs!

Before next release we need people to help us with translation. We also
need people to report bugs and other issues with the changed setup. Do
not forget to include language setting, OS and distribution in the report.


New Release:

Tue Apr 04 21:41:00 UTC 2006

New bugfix version of Fluxbox! Check out the changes here.
Most notably, this improves friendliness of handling the background image.


New FbDesk version 1.4.0 !

Mon Mar 27 20:34:00 UTC 2006

Check it out here!


New Release: 0.9.15

Wed Mar 22 23:00:00 UTC 2006

New version 0.9.15 of Fluxbox! Check out the changes
here. We are getting one step closer to 1.0 release.


Window Manager of the Year!

Fri Mar 10 17:21:00 UTC 2006

2005 Members Choice Award
Thanks to all fluxbox users out there.


Happy X-Mas!

Sat Dec 24 22:58:00 UTC 2005

The whole fluxbox-team wishes all of you out there a nice, calm and peaceful xmas.


Wiki for the Masses

Wed Nov 09 09:31:00 UTC 2005

The friendly folks at started a Wiki to bring together all the Howtos and unanswered questions in one place controlled by the users .. well .. YOU :) . Have fun with it and happy fluxboxing!


Official Fluxbox Merchandise!

Fri Sep 23 20:46:00 UTC 2005

Ever wanted to show your sympathy with fluxbox on a conference or need a present for your geekish Friend?
Well, our new shop is open:

With every item you order you’ll support the team a bit.

Happy fluxboxing!


The international site for fluxbox shop is now open. Non-EU users can now
shop for fluxbox merchandise!


New Release: 0.9.14

Thu Sep 15 00:54:00 UTC 2005

We’re happy to announce version 0.9.14 of Fluxbox. Check out the main changes here… most notable is a bunch of work on font handling (no more big delays on startup).


Fluxbox at LUGParanaConf

Fri Aug 26 07:37:00 UTC 2005

On 17th september there will be the 1st conference about free software in the city of Parana, Argentina. The LUGParanaConf is organized by LUGParana ( At the conference Guillermo Patterer will speak about Fluxbox in one of the sessions. It will be orientated towards beginners and intermediate users, going from installation to configuration of Fluxbox. To read more about LUGParanaConf visit, everyone is invited to step by.

The Fluxbox-Team sends best wishes and good luck to the fluxboxlovers of argentina … we are looking forward to see some pictures from that conference :) Happy Fluxboxing!


New Release: 0.9.13

Fri May 13 14:06:00 UTC 2005

The Fluxbox-Team is very proud and happy to announce the release of 0.9.13 … just in time for friday the 13th :) We put a lot of effort into this release to make it the most stable and fastest fluxbox so far, check for yourself. We have closed many bugs, added some features and ripped out some slow things. Have fun to try it out.


Styles for the Masses

Fri May 13 13:30:00 UTC 2005

For those of you who are always searching for the best style for fluxbox
maybe these two sites are pretty interesting:

… you fancy l337 h4×0rs out there :)


Current Activities

Fri Apr 22 10:24:00 UTC 2005

No, we are not dead :) Behind the scenes we are hunting those ugly, nasty
little hobits ….. aeh … BUGS and add some new features, eg there might
be Type-Ahead for the menu
pretty soon. Another idea already tested by some brave folks from
\#fluxbox is the CommandTool,
kind of fluxbox-commandline for the toolbar. Simon is currently busy with bringing fluxbox’s hunger
for memory down, still some issues to solve but it looks very promising so far.
Our little fbot has a new home:,
big thanx to ‘car’ who ‘gave’ us that box. I made some WebButtons
you can freeely use to show the world that you are a fluxboxer :)
And maybe there are some more things coming up, running secretly behind the scenes … stay tuned!

Happy Fluxboxing :)


Window Manager of the Year!

Wed Mar 02 07:41:00 UTC 2005 Henrik

Development release v0.9.12!

Tue Jan 18 00:09:00 UTC 2005

A new development release is available with new features
and bugfixes. Worth noting is the new (optional) imlib2 support – compile with
--enable-imlib2 for support for PNG, JPG
etc pixmaps.

Check it out here.


Writing a new fluxbox - manpage

Fri Jan 14 06:45:00 UTC 2005

Hello folks,

as many of you know (or not): The current manpage of fluxbox is a bit
behind whats currently inside fluxbox and thus, it needs a
facelifting, refreshing and shiny new colors. Curt Micol, widely known
as Asenchi, has started a tiny subproject, called “newfluxman”:

Thats actually what he has written so far. We (the fluxboxteam) would
like to encourage anyone of you, who is interested in contributing to
that new manpage, to write ideas, thoughts, sections and whatnot to

  <asenchi [ta] asenchi [tod] com>

Cheers and happy fluxboxing!


italian documentation

Tue Jan 04 06:22:00 UTC 2005

Thanks to Andrea Franchi, is finished. html online


Happy X-Mas 2004

Fri Dec 24 09:25:00 UTC 2004

The fluxbox-team wants to send out best xmas-wishes to all the fluxers around,
may your presents be as l33t as wanted :) Have a nice and wonderful time.



Fri Dec 17 14:44:00 UTC 2004

Thanks to Colville Mei, documentation in simplified chinese is finished, the html is online.
Greek is on the way.


Saint Nicholas was there ...

Wed Dec 08 10:31:00 UTC 2004

and brought us all a present. Those of you who were good kids in the past
and put a clean boot out of the front door
already have it. But has he saw how many of you just forgot to put clean
boots out he decided to give it to all of you:


It includes many, many bugfixes and some new features .. so go and get it
quick :) Cheers,



Mon Nov 29 14:04:00 UTC 2004

Thanks to Colville Mei, documentation in
simplified chinese
is (partially) added. Proofreading of any documentation is appreciated very much.


Repository is moved.

Mon Nov 15 22:53:00 UTC 2004

The move is done, “maybe” some minor reordering will be done. Anyway, you can surf the repository
To read more about Subversion itself, consult either or the svn-book.

Cheers :)


Repository Changes

Mon Nov 15 17:42:00 UTC 2004

Hi Folks,

At the moment we are moving the our cvs-repository from to
a subversion based repository at We are doing this for
serveral reasons:

  • subversion is a pretty nice cvs-replacement with several advantages
  • recurring problems with the cvs-repository hosted on
    • speed
    • anonymous cvs is hours behind developer cvs
    • reliability

The site will remain hosted at along with the
bugtracker, only the cvs-repository will be moving.

For those that may be afraid of learning yet another tool, we believe you
will find Subversion to be similar to cvs in usage considering the interface,
but faster and friendlier as a whole.

Thank you for your patience in this move.


Icons in menu?

Sun Sep 19 11:48:00 UTC 2004

Mark Brier asks on fluxbox-users mailing list:

I’m using fluxbox-0.9.10-r2 and boy does it look good! What I’d like to
know, is how to use icons in the menu. It would seem that you create
~/.fluxbox/icons and put .xpm icons into that folder named aterm.xpm,
xmms.xpm etc.

This doesn’t work out-of-the-box, and someone on
mentioned that the icon needs to be referenced in the menu file.

Does anyone know the syntax for this?

Read the answers here.


Development release v0.9.10!

Wed Sep 01 10:19:00 UTC 2004

A new development release is available with new features
and bugfixes.
Check it out here.


New developer

Wed Aug 25 10:14:00 UTC 2004

The Fluxbox Team would like to welcome Mathias Gumz to the development team.
Mathias Gumz (aka akira) has been a long time fluxbox user and has been sending
a lot of feature/bugfix patches through the years, and we are happy to have him on the team.


Fluxbox 1000 days old!

Tue Jun 08 14:31:00 UTC 2004

Just 2 days ago was 1000 days since Henrik first registered fluxbox as a
project on sourceforge. Cast your mind (or browser)
back to those early days when bbkeys was first integrated.

Haven’t we come a long way.
Well done Henrik, and all involved in its evolution along the way! We look forward
to version 1.0 Real Soon Now! :)


GCC 3.4 patch

Tue Apr 27 09:00:00 UTC 2004

Use this
patch to compile fluxbox 0.9.9 with gcc 3.4. Apply it in fluxbox-0.9.9
directory with: patch -p0 < fluxbox-0.9.9-gcc3.4.patch


Development release v0.9.9!

Mon Apr 26 12:03:00 UTC 2004

A new development release is available with new features
and bugfixes.
Check it out here.



Sun Mar 28 22:30:00 UTC 2004

Nice pager for fluxbox: Fbpager


Window Manager of the Year!

Sun Mar 28 22:25:00 UTC 2004 Henrik

Donate to the Fluxbox project

Sun Jan 18 12:35:00 UTC 2004

Make a donation to the Fluxbox project:


Window Manager of the Year!

Thu Jan 15 13:00:00 UTC 2004 Henrik

Development release v0.9.8!

Thu Jan 15 12:55:00 UTC 2004

A new development release is available. This is primarily due to a fix
for a nasty memory leak in 0.9.7 (uses up lots of X memory).
A new feature is the transparent toolbar, along with a number of other
Check it out here.


Source code documentation updated

Wed Jan 14 20:30:00 UTC 2004 Henrik

Development release v0.9.7!

Sun Jan 04 10:50:00 UTC 2004

Time passes, and a new development release is available
here. New features include new
binding actions, the return of the “Send To” menu, extra configurability
options and some included pixmap styles. Bug fixes include the sloppy
focus dropping, and the mozilla focus bug. Enjoy!


Russian documentation uploaded "here":docbook/ru/html/.

Sat Dec 27 11:15:00 UTC 2003

Development release v0.9.6!

Mon Nov 17 05:15:00 UTC 2003

Version 0.9.6 of fluxbox is out with new features like configurable
toolbar tools, toolbar buttons (and theme items), new key commands, a
startup script to help out, nearest-quadrant resizing, and
of course bug fixes and optimisations.
Check it out here


Fluxbox and gnome-settings-daemon (SOLVED)

Fri Nov 14 13:15:00 UTC 2003

Several people have sent info about gtk+/gtk2 theme switcher, which does exacly the job. Johannes Jordan wrote a very helpfull answer:

As asked for in the news, I want to give you a hopefully helping answer.

I think what you mean is how to select a nice looking theme for gtk+(2)
without gnome 2. themes are everything about the look of gtk+.

There is a tool called Gtk Theme Switch. It’s website is

It works in the command line but also has a nice minimalistic GUI.

It is available as ‘gtk-theme-switch’ debian package. In the testing and
the unstable branch, it is already up to date and capable of switching
gtk2 themes (command switch2 for this). in stable branch, there is an
older version only supporting gtk1.

If you want to do it yourself, you can edit the .gtkrc-2.0 file in your
home directory. it can be written like a theme file (every gtk theme is
a gtkrc file, most themes use a so called theme engine – the gtkrc
file tells to load the specific lib) and it can also have an include
command for the gtkrc of an installed theme. mine look like follows:

# --
include "/usr/share/themes/ThinIce/gtk-2.0/gtkrc"
# --

There IS another command available to load themes (telling only the name
without the path etc., i.e. “ThinIce”), but I can’t remember it now.

If you want to change stuff declared (or even not declared) in the
theme’s gtkrc without editing the theme (which could be overwritten on
updates etc) you can add this to your .gtkrc-2.0 after the include as
well. good thing for using another font…

Roman Meytin adds: You
If you use gentoo you can 'emerge x11-themes/gtk-theme-switch'.
You can also use ‘qtconfig,’ which I believe comes with QT to perform
similar actions on QT/KDE applications.

Thanks all for the quick answers.


Fluxbox and gnome-settings-daemon

Sun Nov 09 19:49:00 UTC 2003

Torn asks: I was reading the fluxbox faq and found what I was looking for:

Q: Gtk2/Gnome2 applications look wired under Fluxbox, but they look ok
when gnome is started

A: Run gnome-settings-daemon when Fluxbox starts, eg. put this into your

Well, it works, but I’m using and enjoying fluxbox exactly because it
doesn’t require tons of libraries and tools I just don’t need. I want
just a bar and a menu, nothing less, nothing more.

I’m using debian, and installing gnome-control-center (which contains
the settings-daemon) requires me to install more then 30 other packages!
I was wondering if exists another tool like gnome-setting-daemon, or an
hack to simulate it, in order to get gtk2 apps look nice without
installing loads of unuseful things.

Thank you in advance, and keep on the good work, fluxbox rocks.

Good question indead, do you know such tool? If so please write me back.


Man page update

Tue Oct 28 15:57:00 UTC 2003

Updated command section in manpage.


fbstyle: Fluxbox Style Validator

Tue Sep 30 12:44:00 UTC 2003

This is very nice tool for all theme authors outhere.
fbstyle will check
your theme and tell you if something is wrong with it. Right now I just
accept the text style file, but eventually it will take
a style tarball and will validate (checking the background image, and
pixmaps to make sure there aren’t any missing files. Sounds great, right?

Check it here and don’t forget to
report bugs to Jeff.


New release of marbles-like Fluxbox icons.

Tue Sep 30 12:26:00 UTC 2003

Jouni Rinne has released v0.2 of his marbles-like Fluxbox icons with new maroon icons. Get it here.


fluxbg (FLuxbox Background)

Tue Sep 30 11:51:00 UTC 2003

fluxbg is a tool for a comfortable
changing of the background under the fluxbox windowmanager 0.1.x and
0.9.x. Check the screenshots and
get it here.



Tue Sep 30 11:49:00 UTC 2003

Good news to all vim & fluxbox fans. I found today vim’s syntax file for Fluxbox menu. Note: execute :set syntax=fluxbox after you open fluxbox menu to apply syntax highlighting.


FAQ updated, new devel release FAQ

Sun Sep 07 19:00:00 UTC 2003

I’ve updated Fluxbox FAQ and added Fluxbox Development Release FAQ where you can find info on how to enable rounded corners, fix the toolbar or which terminal do I use. ;)


Fluxbox on TechTV!

Thu Sep 04 20:40:00 UTC 2003

Matt Olander writes:
Today Murray Stokely, the Chief Release Engineer for FreeBSD, and myself
did a FreeBSD vs. Linux ‘shootout’ on the technology network TechTV,
on their most popular show, The Screen Savers.

The linux guys installed a typical KDE desktop but we wanted something
that looked a bit cooler and since I’ve been a Fluxbox user for
sometime, we demo’d Fluxbox as our windowmanager.

It was a HUGE hit and I’ve already gotten a ton of emails regarding
Fluxbox. Hopefully, you saw a spike in your website traffic today.

It will re-air on TechTV Wednesday, September 3rd, at 9am PST.
I don’t have a digital copy of the clip (yet!) but will probably have
one on our website soon.

Is it cool or what? :) Check the TechTV website. Thx Tobias for forwarding the email.
UPDATE 07.09: The TechTV clip can be found here (.rm – you need to get REALONE player to watch it).

UPDATE 10.09: Get .avi version here. Thx fabokzs for the link.


New goodies!

Wed Sep 03 18:20:00 UTC 2003

I’ve updated our download page.
You can find there, propaganda (Fluxbox icons, logos, buttons, etc) and dotfiles (configurations files) sections.
If you want to submit your own dofiles or fluxbox graphics just drop me an email.

Thx Jouni Rinne for contributing marbles-like Fluxbox icons.


Development release v0.9.5!

Wed Aug 27 23:40:00 UTC 2003

Version 0.9.5 of fluxbox is out with new features like improved iconbar, search path for theme pixmaps, configurable toolbar height, more theme items.
Check it out here
UPDATE: Because v0.9.5 had a few serious bugs v0.9.6 has been released.


#fluxbox stats

Thu Aug 21 14:30:00 UTC 2003

We have some stats from our irc chanel.
Check them outa here and quess who was
the loudest? :)

Thx ak|ra for the providing the statistics.


Doing Fluxbox themes made easy

Thu Aug 21 01:45:00 UTC 2003

Here you can find a full list of theme items (cvs version of fluxbox). Note: some items might change name or be removed.


Put some useful info onto your slit

Sun Aug 17 00:45:00 UTC 2003

I have a desktop machine (eternium) where I do some desktop stuff and a
server (genesis) where I do my usual server stuff…

The server has 2×350Mhz processors and this is kinda slow.. most of the
time I wait for compilcated, huge, bloated mysql queries to finish…

To solve it I have to come out with some faster/better alternatives of the
queries/php code, so I need to know what is the resources usage on my

I used to ran top (to check the processor/system usage) in some terminal
window connected to the server but this wouldn’t be so cool like having
such informations on fluxbox slit, right? ;)

Read quick HOWTO here
See screenshot here.


Slit pager for Fluxbox

Sat Aug 16 03:10:00 UTC 2003

Steve Cooper wrote
which is “a workspace pager dockapp, particularly useful with the Fluxbox
window manager”. Besides being just a pager, Fluxter allows per-workspace
wallpaper changing, looks
even cooler then bbpager and has other nice features. Check it out


You favourite window manager is counting on you!

Wed Aug 13 16:29:00 UTC 2003

Tobias Klausmann wrote a letter on our mailing-list today:

“As some of you know, I’m the documentation maintainer of Fluxbox. This
includes the DocBook XML (or SGML) found on the official site in its
English version and a teeny bit of authorship on the man page.

Unfortunately, my day job has been silently taking larger and larger
chunks of my time. This has reached the point where I’m unable to deal
with the documentation in an appropriate way. For the last few weeks I
tried to get coordination of the international docs, the new docs for
the 0.9.x (and 1.x) series and a new facility for an online FAQ at least
marginally done, but failed at doing so.

While I really enjoyed working with the whole fluxbox team, both the
devel guys and the regulars of #fluxbox on Freenode, I feel that it’s
better if I hand off the doc-hat to someone else. If any of the people
here are willing to step in, mail me or Henrik (fluxgen) off-list and we’ll see how I can get you up to speed.

I will stay with you (you don’t get rid of me, apologies ;)) on IRC and
here on the mailinglists and I will donate bits and pieces of time.

Keep on rockin’,


Thanks Tobias for the great work he done on fluxbox documentation!


New theme for Fluxbox dev release

Thu Jul 31 23:37:00 UTC 2003

I finally finished working on the FIRST theme (previously known as TWO). It shows some new features of next generation of Fluxbox. You guys were pretty exited about it (me as well :). Download here and have fun.


Creating colorflavours of fluxboxstyles

Wed Jul 30 03:24:00 UTC 2003

Mathias Gumz has wrote a small and handy tool to create different colored flavours of a fluxbox-styles. With fbcolor you could create several variations of style in just a few minutes. Read example of usage and get it here.


The ultimate solution to artwiz fonts!

Sun Jul 27 03:02:00 UTC 2003

I love artwiz fonts, and I was really disapointed I couldn’t use them with gtk2/kde3 apps anymore.
What did I do? Fixed them! :) Here you have screenshot running gnome-font-selector, Nautilus, MozillaFirebird and kcontrol with artwiz fonts displayed properly.

Read how to install and get fixed artwiz fonts here. Of cause they still work with Fluxbox (even when you have antialiasing on).



Fri Jul 25 04:11:00 UTC 2003

Oh yes my dear geeks! Googling around for some sites with Fluxbox styles I found girl.geek site with really
nice Fluxbox themes. Check it out.


New toy for ya folks!

Mon Jul 21 03:34:00 UTC 2003

Han Boetes is the author of fbsetbg which is nice new tool.
It is to be a replacement for bgsetbg script (for setting the wallpaper in Fluxbox).
Read more here and download here.


Development release v0.9.4

Thu Jul 10 17:00:00 UTC 2003

Version 0.9.4 of fluxbox is out with new features like keyboard navigation
in menus, rounded corners, _NET_WM_STRUT support and bug fixes. Check it
out here


New Mailing list

Fri Jul 04 00:03:00 UTC 2003

Henrik has just created a new mailing-list – fluxbox-announce.
This is a moderated, low volume list for important announcements relating
to Fluxbox (like new releases). Note that the announcements will still go
to the -users
and -devel lists.


SuSe Packages

Tue Jun 10 23:04:00 UTC 2003

David Cluytens sends info about SuSe 8.2 packages available with Fluxbox v0.14. Thx David for rolling them out. U: 2003-06-12: packages with v0.9.3 are also available.


Development release v0.9.3

Tue Jun 10 15:00:00 UTC 2003

Version 0.9.3 of fluxbox is out with new features like xinerama support, randr support, transparent slit and bug fixes.
Check it out here


NetBSD Packages have arrived!

Thu May 15 09:27:00 UTC 2003

Lubomir Sedlacik sends info about FluxBox NetBSD packages (binaries & pkgsrc) available for download. The NetBSD port maintainer is Jared McNeill. Thx Lubomir for the info and Jared for rolling them out.


Development release v0.9.2

Thu May 08 21:08:00 UTC 2003

Version 0.9.2 of fluxbox is out with new features like pixmap theme support, directional focus movement, remember window hints and transparent menus.

Check it out here


Fluxbox on

Mon Apr 28 07:36:00 UTC 2003

Besides of Fluxbox now having its own sub page at, it is also possible to vote for Fluxbox in the Xwinman’s window manager vote
(very short registration required).

Don’t wait any longer and vote for Fluxbox now!


Development release

Thu Apr 17 00:02:00 UTC 2003

Version 0.9.1 of fluxbox is out with new features like embedded tabs, MRU (most recently used) window cycling and toolbar modes.

Check it out here


Road map available

Sat Mar 22 04:55:00 UTC 2003

Ever wondered when the next release is planned? Or what will be in it?
Well, we’ve created a Road map that the developers will be aiming to
follow. You can find it in CVS, or even here
(updated daily).


Fluxbox got into Slackware 9.0

Thu Mar 20 07:51:00 UTC 2003

Good news for all Slackware and Fluxbox fans! As Slackware’s Changelog says:

extra/fluxbox-0.1.14/fluxbox-0.1.14-i386-1.tgz: Added fluxbox-0.1.14.
       (by popular demand :-)



Window Manager of the Year

Mon Mar 03 16:00:00 UTC 2003

FluxBox is Window Manager of the Year in the 2002 Members Choice Awards!


New Tool For FluxBox

Wed Feb 26 09:44:00 UTC 2003

Fluxspace (by Steve Cooper) is a tool which not only sets the background image, but can work with Rox or idesk for per-workspace panels or desktop icons, and can start and stop slit or desktop applets in each workspace or globally.
It works well as a rootCommand for FluxBox.

See screenshot and get Fluxspace here.


Development release

Sun Feb 23 18:30:00 UTC 2003

Check it out here


New Slackware package maintainer

Wed Feb 19 07:43:00 UTC 2003

Since demerol is no longer maintaining Slackware packages, we were looking for somebody who could replace him.

New Slackware package maintainer is greyhame from now on.

Thanks demerol for his help on FluxBox and welcome grayhame to the FluxBox team.


Sparc Packages available

Fri Feb 07 08:24:00 UTC 2003

NivenHuH has prepared Sparc-Solaris package for you to download. He is now Fluxbox Sparc package maintainer. Thanks NivenHuH for contributing.

If you see no binaries for your fav distro/platform – make your own, test it, put it on the web and send info here.


Background Buddy

Thu Feb 06 11:40:00 UTC 2003

Background Buddy is an automatic wallpaper rotating daemon. Among other WM it also supports FluxBox, so check it out.

Thx Andrew Wyatt for the info.


Want icons on your desktop?

Fri Jan 17 15:40:00 UTC 2003

Check out FbDesk


Fluxbox nominated for "Window Manager of the Year"

Fri Jan 03 20:30:00 UTC 2003 Henrik

Refresh Your Desktop

Tue Dec 31 11:51:00 UTC 2002

Wanna get some new styles? Check the FluxBox section at Themes Depot.


Quo Vadis Fluxbox?

Fri Dec 20 10:16:00 UTC 2002

Ever wondered where is Fluxbox development going to? Good, cause Henrik just posted a message on our mailing list, about Fluxbox bright future.

Fluxbox Next Generation Features:

  • Layer support (“always on top”) [high priority]

  • Action system [high priority]
    You will be able to specify actions for things like button click (thus overriding default actions)

  • Transparent windows [low priority]
    Configurable both compile time and runtime.

  • RANDR support [low priority]
    The X Resize and Rotate Extension

  • Tabs embedded in title bar. [high priority]
    Instead of having them outside the window they will be inside the title bar, thus giving you even more desktop space.

Except for these basic features there’ll be some new unique features and

Due to these major changes in the code there will be a “beta” release
around the end of January and beginning of February, in which you can
bug test and evaluate it.
The release is sheduled at the end of February or beginning of March.

During this time, there might also be a bug fix release/patch for 0.1.14.


Fluxbox on Darwin

Fri Dec 20 06:57:00 UTC 2002

Jason (jason at zero-networks dot net) sent info and screenshots about Fluxbox running on iBook. (Darwin dough 6.2 Darwin Kernel Version 6.2: Tue Nov 5 22:00:03 PST 2002; root:xnu/xnu-344.12.2.obj~1/RELEASE_PPC Power Macintosh powerpc). Looks kewl, doesn’t it?


Remember the patch?

Thu Dec 19 05:09:00 UTC 2002

Xavier Brouckaert (xbr at sends in info about his great remember patch (to remember and restore application settings like position, size, workspace, decorations, tab style). It works now with Fluxbox v0.13 and v0.14. Get it and read instructions here.


Screenshots updated

Tue Dec 17 13:09:00 UTC 2002

Thanks everyone for sending new & shiny Fluxbox screenshots.


Slackware Packages

Sat Dec 14 01:07:00 UTC 2002

For those of you who are not on the fluxbox-users mail list, the fluxbox
slackware packages are back online.
Sorry about all the downtime, and the location will be changing so just go
to for now and there will always be a way to the package.


Fluxbox 0.1.14 released!

Mon Dec 09 11:00:00 UTC 2002

Get it here:

source gz (md5sum: f097b97127461fa3f6f4af4048c75cfc )

source bz2 (md5sum: 66b72e10fc595e8531547046ad22f5a1 )

News in 0.1.14:

  • Better Xft checking
  • Text for vertical tabs

Bug fixes:
  • Fixed bug [ 641136 ] OpenOffice 1.0.1 aborts
  • Fixed bug [ 561602 ] Problem using ToggleDecor in terminals
  • Fixed bug [ 642189 ] Wrong AA font on init
  • Fixed tab font on restart
  • Fixed caps-, num- and scrolllock mask in Alt+move/resize
  • Fixed missing interlace
  • Fixed minor NLS bug

See ChangeLog for details.

Notes: 0.1.14 does not reflect current cvs status.
Vertical text uses regular XFont (i.e no Xmb nor Xft) but it will change back to antialias when you toggle from vertical to horizontal text if you have antialias on. (But it will not change back to Xmb).



New Screenshots

Sun Dec 01 20:49:00 UTC 2002

I just finished uploading some new screenshots. Thanks
to those of you on the mail list and in #fluxbox who contributed.


0.1.13 bugfix1 patch.

Sat Nov 30 17:30:00 UTC 2002

Get it here (md5sum: d7b8b0472381ea9bf40229d0b137a856)

  • interlace rendering
  • “OpenOffice”-bug, an uninitialized X atom caused it to crash
  • Antialias on start


Fluxbox 0.1.13 released!

Tue Nov 19 12:50:00 UTC 2002

Get it here (md5sum: 1b6eec68ae437f3f7084cc19ed7e1083 )

News in 0.1.13:

  • Antialias support (Xft)
  • UTF-8 support
  • Extended window manager support (i.e Gnome2…)
      atom support: