Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
When you think about desktop environments on Linux/Unix, you’ll probably immediately think of the two most popular fully-featured desktop environments - GNOME and KDE.
But using a fully integrated desktop environment is only one of your options. Rather than using an integrated suite of programs, you can simply use a standalone window manager and then just run any of the apps you want.
Fluxbox is such a window manager for the X Window System. Fluxbox provides you with window management, a taskbar-like window switcher and a basic panel, a right-click menu for launching applications. It is lightweight and very configurable.