ratcheer wrote:I installed a minimal Arch Linux with awesome and a minimal LinuxBBQ with Openbox. The Openbox is much lighter.TimApples and oranges. It's not unusual for Arch to use more memory than Debian, possibly because it's doing something useful with the extra. You would need to compare Arch with Awesome and Openbox, or Debian with Awesome and Openbox.
COPE wrote:Openbox doesn't have it's own panel/tray.True, however openbox has its own dock: http://openbox.org/wiki/Help:Configuration#DockIt shouldn't be visible unless you've got some dockapps running. There a some apps that enable using dock as systray like standalonetray.