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I need some help with either a WM or Desktop...honestly, I am still trying to understand the differences.
Anyway, I installed FreeBSD 4.10-stable onto a
- 64 meg of RAM
- 32meg TNT2 Graphics
- 4Gb HD
- 10/100 NIC
This is a learning experience. KDE 3.x is too slow. I am looking for a lightweight WM / Desktop. I could care less about games or graphics. I am looking into *nix from a purely networking/support perspective...ie...work not play.
Although there is nothing wrong with playing, I just thought this would be important to explaing the criteria for what I plan to be doing.
One last thing, upon getting some support, how do I go about un-installing KDE (or atleast changing it). I am new to *nix.
This may be something you're looking for. http://www.xwinman.org/
A little info on WM and desktops. When you get down to a WM, you give up on KDE, gnome type of control panel with icons. Xfce is a Desktop, but may be light enough for what you need. IIRC, has some type of control panel for some things. Once you start using and get use to the command line verse the control panel, the control panel will seem to restrictive. Anyway, something there for anyone's needs.
WindowMaker is quite newbie-friendly while still being lightweight and fast. You can drag appicons with mouse to dock them so that you'll have "icons" for quickstarting apps. WindowMaker also has a GUI tool called WPrefs where you can easily set many windowmanager features, such as menus, fonts and keyboard shortcuts.
how do I get to some happy medium where on a menu I can select "system tools" or "control panel" to open up a window with icons for accessing system applets.
You should realize that *BSDs (and most Linux distros) are designed to be "admin-friendly" rather than "user-friendly", which means that they are easy and simple for experienced users but difficult and cryptic for clueless beginners. The sooner you'll learn the basics, such as doing system administration tasks via the command line, the sooner you'll notice that you don't actually need the "control panel" type of GUI tools.
I'd suggest that you start a new thread at this forum every time you meet a problem you wish to solve by clicking a control panel icon. I'm sure that the kind people here will give you helpful advices for solving your problems or, at least, they will point you to the appropriate sections in the FreeBSD Handbook and other documentation. You'll also soon learn to seek information using Google and the search engine at this forum (to view if someone else has already asked the same question).