This is my second forum post. In my first, under "introductions," I told of my HP Pavilion G6 installation of Sparky 4.4 Xfce. (As an aside, I finally converted that install to i3 only and have been happy with it.)
A couple of days ago I decided to replace my Bunsen Labs distro on an HP Mini 210 Notebook with a SparkyLinux 4.4 Minimal GUI install. I have a fair amount of experience with Openbox using Arch and base Ubuntu as platforms, so I was curious about Openbox with Sparky and Debian Testing. I'm happy to report that everything went well the second time around using the Advanced Installer. (The first time I tried to install the Sparky i3 desktop using the advanced installer, but the machine hung up. Was this intended only for the MinimalCLI version?) After the first update (about 350 packages!) the obmenu-generator stopped working, but I found the fix (purge and reinstall) on this forum. Thank you!
I am VERY happy with this distro. I added MOC for music and mpv for videos, SMTube for Youtube, evince for reading pdf and ps files, and some of my favorite games. I could not install VLC due to some missing package in Debian Testing, but I don't really need it with mpv installed. I removed pulse audio completely (I just don't like it--one extra layer I don't need) and installed volumeicon for sound control with alsamixer. Also, the progress bars in the default widget scheme were hard to see, so I changed to Clearlooks. I added catfish for file searching and installed some other small odds and ends. Normally I have a conky display, but the fbpanel setup was so nice I decided I didn't need conky. I did add battery monitoring to the panel and changed the clock format. Oh, and I changed the wifi driver to Broadcom's wl.
As mentioned above, I've built two Openbox installations from scratch before, but the Sparky MinimalGUI was already very close to what I like, so with the tweaks above and some additional hotkeys added to the rc file, I'm up and running with much less work. Many thanks to the developers!