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Old 08-21-2002, 04:50 PM   #1
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Desktop Environment vs. Window Manager


I've tried my luck with saerching forums and newsgroups havent gotten a satisfying answer. Would someone explain to me what the difference between a simple WM and a Desktop Environment is? It sounds like a Desktop Environment(DE) has a lot more to offer than a WM, but when I compare GNOME(DE with Sawfish WM) that I had and Fluxbox,(WM that I use now). From my experience, both of these look and feel like a WM. So, What the heck is a DE?

And why does a DE have to use a WM inside if they're as mighty as they sound? Does a DE communicate with a WM using a standard protocol? Do they go in pairs( like if they use the same widget set ) or can I use an arbitrary window manager ( like Fluxbox) with GNOME? Is the 'icons on desktop' all that a DE has to offer?
 
Old 08-21-2002, 06:36 PM   #2
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OK, take a step back here. First, there's X. This tells your WM to display a window. The WM decides how best to display it (your personal settings, like size and colour, and stuff). The DE is basically just a collection of programs that intergrate with eachother on top of the WM to provide a 'nicer' environment in which to work. You can change the WM for Gnome, but I think if you try and change the KDE WM to anything other than KWM, it gets a bit teasy.

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Old 08-21-2002, 07:23 PM   #3
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Ahh, that clears up things a li'l bit. I think I still have questions, but looks like I can use some reading before I ask them. Meanwhile, all are welcome to drop their 2 cents (or more ) here.


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Old 08-21-2002, 10:01 PM   #4
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use windowmaker ... its lite and not bloated ...
 
Old 08-22-2002, 06:08 PM   #5
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Purple, that wasn't the most helpful thing you could have said, now, was it?

This is not going to turn into another 'this wm is better than that wm' thread; there are already too many of them on these forums. If anyone has anything of value to contribute to this thread as to how to distinguish a window manager from a desktop environment then do post. If not, then please refrain.

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