can anyone tell me the differences between Pek and OB, and what-if any-advantages or disadvantages it has?
it looks to me very similar to OB, and i'm interested in trying it out perhaps on a Debian or Arch build on another laptop. i know Hanna at least is using it, and her setup looks mighty nice. thanks for any input.
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Why don't you try it out just on your #! device? Simply install the package through Synaptic and choose pekwm on the logon screen.
It seems like theming works better with pekwm, just look at this screenshot:
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I'm using Pekwm on my Arch machine at the moment and it seems pretty good. It's nice and fast, but the default setup is (as is to be expected I guess) fairly ordinary. I think it has some strange keybindings, but they aren't too difficult to change, though I haven't quite worked them all out yet. I run it in conjunction with a totally transparent lxpanel with just a taskbar, and it looks fairly nice and is not very resource intensive. At this stage I'm still playing around and configuring it though.
The config files aren't too difficult to understand, but there are a few things in there that seemed kind of strange to me. For instance, by default there is no "alt-tab style" keybinding for window switching which annoyed me, and for some reason when I change window focus with the mouse, the focused window is not brought to the top. Perhaps I just haven't quite worked out all the configuration kinks though.
All that said, however, I still think it is a very nice window manager. It has the potential to be very attractive and really doesn't sacrifice anything in terms of speed because of it. There are no gui config tools like in OB, but like I mentioned before it's not TOO tricky to get your head around the pek configs.
It's definitely worth a shot. Good luck .
I have never tried Pekwm, but i once tried FVWM-Crystal and by the end of the day i was about ready to beat me head off the desk! As far as looks go FVWM-Crystal is awsome, but trying to get it configured is a pain in the a#!. In the end i just gave up on it. Give it some time and it could be a VERY nice WM though.
I like Pekwm quite a lot. It requires some tweaking and isn't always as straight forward as openbox. I still haven't quite figured out the autoproperties thingy for example but all the important stuff, such as menu, mouse, keys and start are solved. Keys took little time though. I guess biggest difference is (better) theming possibilities. There aren't any config tools with GUI either (like ObMenu and ObConfig) so text editor is your friend. One minor minus thing is that at least in my case Pekwm and Xcompmgr don't really play together that well always.
Pekwm.org has really good guide to secrets of Pekwm and I also always recommend reading Urukrama's blog (especially http://urukrama.wordpress.com/category/pekwm/ and trust me Openbox guide is quite useful too (it gives good ideas what apps you can use to make your desktop nice)).
And one of my favourite features, grouping:
"It requires some tweaking and isn't always as straight forward as openbox."
To improve the actual release what would make pekwm more straightforward and require less tweaking?
i'm using PeKwm on arch and Debian system, i made a little "howto" on crunchforums. if you want to take a look : http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic … ux-system/
I use pekwm on all my pc's old and new, slow and fast hehe. I dont need bloat on a fast system, like gnome or kde. Keep it simple
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