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The interface is not the operating system...

Posted 07-15-2009 at 03:54 PM by Lufbery

One of the things that I like best about Linux is that the OS and its interface(s) are independent. Even the text-based interface is interchangeable. If you don't like Bash, use zsh or csh. For window managers and "desktop environments": if you don't like Gnome, use KDE, or Fluxbox, or Window Maker, or ... or ... -- there's several dozen to choose from.

Slackware has a wonderful little script, xwmconfig, that lets a user set his choice of window manager to start with the startx command. I've recently built and installed Enlightenment 0.17 and am enjoying it a lot. It's lighter and faster than KDE, but also a bit more attractive. It doesn't do everything that KDE can do, but it does what I mostly want it to do.

We'll see how I like KDE 4 when I install Slackware 13, but if I don't then I'll be sure to run Enlightenment.
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