Blackbox
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 / May 12, 2021; 7 months ago (2021-05-12)
Repository
Written inC++
PlatformUnix-like
TypeX window manager
LicenseMIT[3]
WebsiteBradley T. Hughes' repository
Repository of Brian Bidulock's fork
Blackbox 0.7 Xsession running on Debian 7 Linux
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.[4][5]

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++[3][6] and contains completely original code.[7] It was created by Bradley T. Hughes[8] 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

Features of the Blackbox window manager include:

Related projects

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

Windows shell replacements

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

See also

References

  1. ^ "ManPages/blackbox - Blackbox". September 9, 2015. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ https://sourceforge.net/projects/blackboxwm/files/blackboxwm/Blackbox%200.70.1_SL7/
  3. ^ a b "Blackbox - Window manager written in C++". FSF.org.
  4. ^ Wrightson, Katherine; Merlino, Joseph (2006). Mastering UNIX. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 107–108. ISBN 9780782153033. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Davies, Justin; Whittaker, Roger; Hagen, William von (2005). SUSE Linux 9 Bible. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 186, 276–280. ISBN 9780764588761.
  6. ^ "Hacking Guide - Blackbox". February 14, 2018. Archived from the original on February 14, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "About Blackbox". Sourceforge.net. Archived from the original on December 6, 2006.
  8. ^ "ManPages/blackbox - Blackbox". September 9, 2015. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "ICCCM & EWMH Compliance". GitHub. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  10. ^ https://github.com/bradleythughes/blackbox/commit/107b7618f6151fb78c373ef480926d01b6317484
  11. ^ https://packages.slackware.com/?r=slackware-current&p=blackbox-0.74-i586-2.txz
  12. ^ https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/blackbox/sources/spec/
  13. ^ https://archlinux.org/packages/community/x86_64/blackbox/
  14. ^ http://pkgsrc.se/wm/blackbox70
  15. ^ https://packages.ubuntu.com/disco/blackbox
  16. ^ https://packages.debian.org/sid/blackbox
  17. ^ https://svnweb.freebsd.org/ports/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.