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Eight Reasons Why Fluxbox Is My Favorite Desktop

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It happened again, this time at Tech Republic. They ask the question "Which Linux desktop would you show to a new user to impress them?" and the answers are limited to 3 versions of KDE, 2 versions of Gnome, 2 variations of Enlightenment... and Fluxbox once again is left lurking in the shadowy anonymous depths of the dreaded option "other".

What the hell does Fluxbox have to DO to get some love around here?

If you haven't tried Fluxbox yet, you don't know what you're missing, and here's why:

#1: FAST!!!

There's a very good reason why Fluxbox is the default desktop in lightweight Linux distros like Damn Small Linux: It is one of the fastest desktops out there. You can't appreciate what a difference this makes until you try the same program on either system. You know when you start Firefox on KDE and you have a few minutes to twiddle your thumbs while the system crunches until it displays Firefox? That doesn't happen on lightweight window managers like Fluxbox. Click - BAM! - it's open. Fluxbox is also ideal for old hardware and new hardware with limited resources, for this reason.

#2: Stylish

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