Nice screenies Sat! I had previously tried naked OpenBox and Fluxbox, but didn't really "get it" until you re-introduced me. I guess it was "when the student is ready, the teacher appears". I still LOVE Fluxbox, and you can add PekWM into that category...they are very similar, but Flux config syntax is slightly easier "plain english" and there are a LOT more themes for Flux than Pek, so Flux gets the nod. If Flux went away (Wayland?) but Pek was still available, I could use Pek and be quite happy with that, but as long as Flux is an option, I'll be using Flux.
Which makes me think of this question...what would I use if Flux or Pek (or Openbox) were no longer an option. It's a very real concern. History shows that the VHS/Betamax war was won, but not based on the technical merits (I backed Beta). And despite its lineage, the MS Zune was technically superior to the iPod in nearly every way, yet still lost. In each case, I backed the wrong horse, despite superior technical merits. Not sure it's a good analogy for desktop WMs, but I do have a history of choosing the superior product for the right reasons, only to make the wrong choice in spite of all that. WTH?!
Point being, Wayland is on the horizon as a nearly useable everyday Xserver, with Lubuntu even identifying 20.10 as their projected switch date, 2 years after their first LXQt offering. As it stands today, neither OpenBox, nor Fluxbox, nor PekWM are Wayland compatible. Fortunately WMs in LXQt are extremely modular...just install the one you want, choose your WM from the pulldown menu in LXQt settings, logout, login, and your new session is now managed by your WM of choice. Besides Openbox, some of the more popular WMs in LXQt seem to be XFCE4 and Kwin, as they both have built-in compositors and LXQt devs are on record as not being comfortable with Compton's seemingly "dormant" status. Still works great, for now, but questionable for the future.
The "Killer features" in Flux for me are Window grouping/tabbed windows and the right click/keychain floating root menu....wherever you are on the screen, click and there's your menu! Flux and Pek have both, while Openbox lacks the tabbed windows, which is why Flux and Pek get the nod. Furthermore, OB devs have traditionally shot down any feature requests for tabbed windows. They don't like it (forget the reason?) and have made it clear it's not happening. I can use OB in a pinch, on some of my other household computers, like my media server and set-top kodi boxes, and my recording studio computer, but not my production machines. It's too frustrating, as the tabbed windows are ingrained into my workflow. I've since learned that Kwin used to have tabbed windows, but removed them in an earlier KDE transition, but are considering re-implementing them. IF Kwin re-implements tabbed windows, that only leaves the floating root menu to be solved and Kwin could be a viable alternative. Is anyone aware of a root menu project that could be added to a desktop? Preferably Qt based? I saw this project for Plasma desktops, so it looks like it might fit the bill, but recent comments indicate it's not being updated and is broken. But even if this isn't the right project, this is certainly the concept I'm looking into:
So theoretically, IF Kwin restored its tabbed-windows functionality and IF plasma-custom-desktop was updated/patched to work on Qt desktops, I would have everything in a WM that draws me to Flux & Pek. I know there are other WMs with tabbed-window functionality, but it seems the combination of tabbed windows & right click/floating menu is quite rare. I guess tabbed windows doesn't surprise me, but I'm somewhat surprised there aren't more standalone menu applications for linux desktops. It seems everyone has different menu preferences and I'm surprised no one has developed a modular/standalone menu generator that can be customized for the preferences of the user and/or the desktop environment its being utilized on. Or maybe there is, but it's a secret amongst developers because they keep the best stuff a secret?
But Flux was a secret until Saturnian whispered it in my ear. Are there any other WMs with tabbed-windows AND floating root menu functionality? Are there any modular floating root menu applications that I can install on ANY desktop and tweak to me liking? Share your knowledge!