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I know what you mean. I prefer not to use a background image and a simple theme on the laptop, because it is more business like and also the laptop only has a 900MHz Pentium III and 256MB RAM, so I must conserve resources.
That's the beauty of Linux. You don't need a fancy machine to make it run, and that comes in good with older computers you can still use. Although there is something to be said for running Linux as a server in the same regard. Windows will eat up all your hardware, and Linux will not.
btw .. you can barely notice the difference between violet and pink in the vim instance of this screenie cause I converted it to sRGB using relative colorimetric intent -- the pink on my monitor is just far outside sRGB
Maybe that's because THIS time, I tried to replace KDE KDE 4.x just got to memory- and cpu-time-hungry for my aging machine...
You can have fvwm look and behave whatever YOU want (there aren't many limitations indeed, i asked about one very strange issue regarding icons, but didn't get a response so far...) -- BUT it requires you write a lot of configurations in a text editor