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I'm trying to setup Fluxbox to look nice on my machine as I familiar with it and find it functional.

One thing stoping me from moving to it fulltime, while seemingly trivial, is that it looks ugly. I have a 1680x1050 screen and fluxbox does not seem to have even basic anti-alliasing.

Menus and corners of windows look jagged and, well, not nice.

What can I do to make Fluxbox look nicer? e.g. include anti-alliasing, maybe get transparency working....

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If you have a fluxbox-binary that is linked against the XFT-library, then you can use anti-aliased fonts in fluxbox.

Menus and corners: corners only look jagged when you use a style which uses "rounded corners". The rounded corners feature is achieved by using the shape-extension of X11 and that is a bitmap-mask, there is no way to antialias this. Use rectangle-like corners and they are not jagged anymore. I do not know what you mean by "menus are looking jagged".

The official resources on fluxbox help are:

You should find information about how to customize fluxbox in a way that leads you to something that you might find nicer looking, whatever that is in "objective terms".

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There are many options to setup Fluxbox:

Rounded corners:

Look at the wiki:

Keybord shortcuts:

Edit the startup file:

Add styles

I hope I can help you!

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