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I've used blackbox for a long time, and this year I tried awesome. And it ran as fast (and I also have a Pentium 4 desktop with 512 Mb), had equivalent configuration options (perhaps superior, but I still don't use it) and eventually used less RAM because of simpler xcb bindings (my guess here). Won me.
I will abstain from this category. I am not sure I understand the difference between the desktop environment and a windows manager.
A WM does not much more than decorating and displaying windows and react to input events. A DE on the other hand bundles a WM with other useful software for everyday life, like text editors, virtual terminals and calculators, for example. In this way, Openbox, Fluxbox, ... are WMs, while GNOME, MATE, KDE, XFCE, ... are desktop environments. A bit in the gray zone are Enlightenment, which bundles a few applications, but claims to be a WM, and LXDE/LXQt, which have all the bundled software, but no own window manager.
People who use "window managers" are really just building their own "desktop environments" so this is really more a question about which tool set you prefer.
Maybe Jeremy should put an option in the "Desktop Environments" poll, just above "Mint", called "Mine" and we can all vote for that one.
That said, in all seriousness, if you don't use Fluxbox...you just suck.
Sorry, it had to be said.
(Face it people, I'm just a troll).
Last edited by dijetlo; 01-02-2015 at 08:39 AM.
Reason: "a", "an"... why don't we just pick on and go with it?
Distribution: Bodhi Linux 2/3 , Puppy, Knoppix, SliTaz, Raspbian, Kali
Not Fluxbox this year, but.....
@dijetlo - troll indeed! <grin>
As a former FluxMeister who has moved to Enlightenment, I would mention menu creation/maintenance as a messy area in Fluxbox. But I did love building truly unusual desktops (tabs on the side and all) and adding a tiny seasoning of motional bling with xcompmgr.
I love them both, and like all of the boxen pretty well, but E is the one I love most, by far. Fluxbox is the ex who is a good pal, now!,
Well worth trying a decent implementation of E in 2015.
We are up to E19 now - still early days of course, but amazingly functional, and E17 has been rock-solid for us since Bodhi 1.0 back in 2011.
Even our N00Bz like it a lot, so long as I hold their hands a bit at first.
It's not for everyone, even with Flux skillz it's been a learning experience, but boy does it deliver! So a distro with a good team and detailed docs is strongly recommended.
I'd recommend Bodhi in that regard.
Enlightenment -- the Everything WM or Some Things DE
I'd agree with the "Mine" or "I roll my own" category for those who use WMs in place of DEs. I started with MATE (solid) then moved to KDE (loved the configurability and much else, but not akonadi, social desktop, Kontact, etc.). In the end, you start developing preferences that generally leave you customizing a DE (or, in the case of KDE, not using a lot of its features), and you effectively roll your own.
So my computers and my vote goes to Enlightenment which I run in Manjaro -- a great distro that keeps you up to date. Tried installing Bodhi several times, but always got annoyed with the process (even with Synaptic) and the Ubuntu base with aging versions of programs. The distro does have a niche, though, and I hope it survives the current transition (still no 3.0, no movement visible on the website nor new releases). Jeff correctly understood that E18+ is really too demanding for 32-bit architecture, so Bodhi's E17-32-bit and E19-64-bit versions will fill a gap, assuming the new developers are able to keep the distro going.
Returning to the first point, a "Mine" or "Roll Your Own" category fits nicely with E which still falls between WM, as it does offer more, and DE, as its native tools are -- with the exception of Terminology and Everything -- generally quite limited.