Blackbox

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Blackbox
Blackbox on Debian.png
Screenshot of Blackbox
Developer(s)Bradley T. Hughes[1] up to version 0.70.1_SL7,[2] onwards forked by Brian Bidulock
Stable release
0.77[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 12 May 2021
Repository
Written inC++
PlatformUnix-like
TypeX window manager
LicenseMIT[4]
WebsiteBradley T. Hughes' repository
Repository of Brian Bidulock's fork
Blackbox 0.7 Xsession running on Debian 7 Linux

In Unix computing, Blackbox is a free and open-source stacking window manager for the X Window System.[5][6]

Blackbox has specific design goals, and some functionality is provided only through other applications. One example is the bbkeys hotkey application.

Blackbox is written in C++[4][7] and contains completely original code.[8] It was created by Bradley T. Hughes[1] and is available under the MIT License. Blackbox has compliance with the Extended Window Manager Hints specification.[9]

The original author seems to have ceased updating the repository with the exception of a minor fix of compilation problems in 2015,[10] leaving the last original version at 0.70.1. However an actively maintained fork by Brian Bidulock has been picked up by several Linux distributions in its place,[11][12][13] and it is featured in pkgsrc.[14] Despite that, some other Linux distributions still use the original source code,[15][16] as does FreeBSD.[17]

Features[edit]

Features of the Blackbox window manager include:

  • A stacking window manager
  • Written in C++
  • Freely available under the MIT license
  • Compliance with the Extended Window Manager Hints Specification
  • Title bars have minimize, maximize, and close buttons
  • Support for simple themes
  • Support for color changes
  • No support for desktop shortcuts
  • Compatibility with both KDE and GNOME[18]

Related projects[edit]

There are a number of other window manager forks of Blackbox:[19]

Windows shell replacements[edit]

Although they do not share the same codebase, these projects are also inspired by Blackbox.[19][20]

  • BB4Win[21] (the first and most prominent clone/port of Blackbox on Windows)
  • bbLean
  • xoblite (has releases from 2021)
  • bbZero (a branch of bbLean)[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ManPages/blackbox - Blackbox". September 9, 2015. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Blackbox - Browse /Blackboxwm/Blackbox 0.70.1_SL7 at SourceForge.net".
  3. ^ "Release 0.77". May 12, 2021. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Blackbox - Window manager written in C++". FSF.org.
  5. ^ Wrightson, Katherine; Merlino, Joseph (2006). Mastering UNIX. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 107–108. ISBN 9780782153033. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Davies, Justin; Whittaker, Roger; Hagen, William von (2005). SUSE Linux 9 Bible. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 186, 276–280. ISBN 9780764588761.
  7. ^ "Hacking Guide - Blackbox". February 14, 2018. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "About Blackbox". Sourceforge.net. Archived from the original on December 6, 2006.
  9. ^ "ICCCM & EWMH Compliance". GitHub. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Compile with clang and libc++ · bradleythughes/Blackbox@107b761". GitHub.
  11. ^ "The Slackware Linux Project: Packages".
  12. ^ https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/blackbox/sources/spec/
  13. ^ "Arch Linux - blackbox 0.77-1 (X86_64)".
  14. ^ "PKGSRC.se | the NetBSD package collection".
  15. ^ "Ubuntu – Error".
  16. ^ "Debian -- Details of package blackbox in sid".
  17. ^ "[ports] Index of /Head/X11-wm/Blackbox".
  18. ^ "Window Managers for X: Blackbox". www.xwinman.org. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Related Projects - Blackbox". October 26, 2017. Archived from the original on October 26, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "BlackBox for Windows". Sourceforge.net.
  21. ^ "Customizing Your PC's Desktop - ExtremeTech". www.extremetech.com. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "GitHub - xzero450/bbclean-xzero450". GitHub. February 6, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2019.

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