Openbox / compositor installation guide

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Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by ali001 » 2023/04/20 15:55:20

Hi, Could anyone advise on how to install Openbox on Centos 7 from a minimal installation?

I'm trying to do this to create a super minimal desktop for running VfX applications. I have used Xfce in the past but would like to avoid this mainly so the os has nothing unnecessary and all extra applications will be specific and hand-picked. Also to avoid user distractions and keep the OS as barebones as possible.

Centos7 has been chosen as OS as the VFX dcc applications i'll be relying on recommend centos/rhel as the OS.

I have also been advised I'll need a compositor too.. Compton?

Im having a few issues.

There are a few things Yum doesn't seem to have.. obconf.. obmenu.. compton..

It would be great to get a step-by-step guide and to even know if this is even advisable.

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by pjsr2 » 2023/04/20 16:15:57

Openbox is available in the Epel repository. Add Epel with

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sudo yum install epel-release
Then you can use yum to install the various openbox packages.

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by ali001 » 2023/04/20 16:37:07

hi I did install epel
however obmenu and obconf can not be found when trying to yum install them, unless they come with openbox in yum? same for compton

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by pjsr2 » 2023/04/21 10:32:01

There is a package obconf-qt-l10n. Can't find obmenu though.

Is it smart to try this with VFX/dcc project on CentOS7 with openbox?
CentOS7 is starting to show its age. VFX uses a toolchain that is ahead of CentOS7.
Also openbox as a project seams a bit quiet for the last couple of years.

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by ali001 » 2023/04/21 11:07:51

mmmm ok,

I think I'm going to have to start looking into centos9 for this tbf
I think I'm living in the past and have only just realised Centos7 is EOL next year :D

Two proprietary applications I'll be relying on are Autodesk Maya and The Foundry's Nuke, both historically have always recommended Centos7 though
Nuke still recomending Centos7 Maya i believe 8 but 8 is also eol next year.

What OS would you recommend?,. I've always used it as my preferred Linux distro, for the reasons already mentioned, industry wide recommended distro and ontop of that the option to easily go RHEL if support is needed. I'm also very comfortable with centos and its always just worked especially with my servers..

Openbox - from my research keeps being recommended again and again as most people's preferred stacking window manager. stacking is a must here, tiling will not cut it and be very frowned upon for vfx artists who are just used to dragging windows around with a mouse. A compositor is also a must apparently. I'm pretty new to the world of window managers without a full desktop environment so very open to advice here also.
Any alternatives?

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by tunk » 2023/04/21 12:45:19

Sorry, there's no CentOS 9 (nor 8).
There is CentOS 9 Stream, which is a rolling pre-release (aka. beta) of the next RHEL point release.
You could take a look at some of the rebuilds/clones of RHEL like Rocky, Alma, OEL etc.

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by TrevorH » 2023/04/21 13:15:10

CentOS Stream 8 is EOL next year but RHEL 8 and all its clones (Rocky/Alma/OEL) are not and will continue until 2029. CentOS Linux 8 is already EOL.
The future appears to be RHEL or Debian. I think I'm going Debian.
Info for USB installs on http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/InstallFromUSBkey
CentOS 5 and 6 are deadest, do not use them.
Use the FAQ Luke

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by ali001 » 2023/04/21 14:32:41

thanks gonna look into rocky seems to be what the VFX reference platform are pushing folks to use,
also most of my commands / scripts seem to work without much change just swapping yum for dnf

https://vfxplatform.com/linux/

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by TrevorH » 2023/04/21 15:29:51

yum is already an alias to dnf so you don't need to retrain your fingers...
The future appears to be RHEL or Debian. I think I'm going Debian.
Info for USB installs on http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/InstallFromUSBkey
CentOS 5 and 6 are deadest, do not use them.
Use the FAQ Luke

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Re: Openbox / compositor installation guide

Post by ali001 » 2023/04/21 16:51:38

even better!

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