XFCE 4.12 upgrade on Mint 17.1

Friday, March 6th, 2015

I love Xfce and have been using it for years..

Finally 4.12 has been released but the ubuntu/mint ppa still only has 4.10 and I wanted all the new shiny things.

To upgrade 4.10 to 4.12 on mint/ubuntu simply run the following :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you dont use Xfce yet, why not?! Simply run this :

sudo apt-get install xfce4

Warning: There is an issue with QT apps not using a the GTK+ theme.

Run :

sudo apt-get install qt4-qtconfig
sudo qtconfig-qt4 

And select the “Appearance” tab, set the “GUI Style” to “GTK+”, then select File > Save.

Warning : If I ran qtconfig-qt4 as my user (not sudo) the gtk+ theme would not stick.

Fluxbox 1.0.0 for cygwin

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

I have built fluxbox for cygwin and tested it on 2 PCs now. I felt I should share it. Heres how to install it.

Firstly you should install cygwin and xorg-base for

Download the fluxbox 1.0.0 tar bz2 file and extract the file into cygwins root.

tar -xvjf fluxbox-1.0.0.tar.bz2 -C /

Now add fluxbox to your ~/.xinitrc file. Mine contains just the one line


Dont forget to ensure the defaultserverargs value in the /usr/X11R6/bin/startx file doesnt have the multiwindow argument. I.e change the line

defaultserverargs="-multiwindow -clipboard"



download knockaround guys You should get something like this once you run startx

cygwin and blackbox 0.70.1

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Here is a step to step guide to get blackbox working with cygwin.

Firstly you should have cygwin and xorg-x11 too. You should check the default xserver works. I.e you should be able to start a xterm. Once you have that we can concentrate on getting blackbox installed.

Download blackbox-0.70.1.tar.bz2


tar -xvjf blackbox-0.70.1.tar.gz -C /

Edit ~/.xinitrc and add blackbox to your the file. In my case this is the only line in my file.


Edit /usr/X11R6/bin/startx

defaultserverargs="-multiwindow -clipboard"



Fire it up and you should see this

Blacbox WM 0.70.1

Warning: I had to disable Unicode fonts in blackbox to get it working with cygwin. I have no idea why, but if blackbox tries to use unicode fonts all you get is boxes instead of the correct font renderings.