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Here's a desktop that happens to be a favorite of mine, and a favorite of readers too, Fluxbox. Aesthetically pleasing, minimalist, slick, simple, elegant and lean, Fluxbox is easily one of the best lightweight desktops available. Fluxbox is based around the coding, look and feel of Blackbox, a much-revered desktop of the past, but Fluxbox picks up where Blackbox left off. Adding usability enhancements, entirely new features and updating to newer standards, Fluxbox takes Blackbox into the 21st century.

The Fluxbox interface is simple, and the first time you boot in to the main screen, you won't be intimidated. You'll be greeted with a blank desktop, usually sporting a tasteful color scheme, with a non-invasive taskbar at the bottom. Is that it? Nope. Right-click on the desktop, and a menu appears. Middle-click, and a different menu appears. And that's pretty much it, sort of. The GUI provides all the features you could want, but they've been neatly organized so there's no clutter. Let's explore each feature in detail.

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[This article initially appeared in TUX, issue 12.]