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Old 04-15-2005, 05:41 AM   #1
alaxulas
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Need help choosing a desktop manager


Hi,
I need help on deciding a desktop manager for a small PC our student society uses for a web server. Its a 833 MHz Pentium 3 with 384 megs of ram. We get around 400 page hits a day and run apache + PHP + MySql. I have only used KDE and Gnome as DMs but I donít know how they will perform on the given hardware so I was thinking of using XFCE or fluxbox (no experience with them) my questions are.
1) Would this hardware be able to run KDE 3.40 + the web server (without KDE causing much overhead)?
If not
2) Which "lighter" DM is easier to configure and wouldn't be much of a hassle to get running.
Thanks

PS: I am thinking of running Debian (sid) as the distro. Any comments regarding the distro will also be welcomed.

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Old 04-15-2005, 05:48 AM   #2
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Hey

it will run gnome or kde but to be honest they are really blotted and have a load of processes which run with them.

I have heard that there is gnome-light (a smaller version) and you can get that for debian etc.

I have been experimenting a load with really small ones like icewm and window maker. I'm liking icewm a lot but all the configuration really has to be done through the config files (which are quite eaasy to play with).

If you google for window managers, there is a load of them

hamidh
 
Old 04-22-2005, 06:41 AM   #3
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I've used a few window managers and I prefer IceWM even though it doesn't (that I know of) have full support for the systray.

Gaim and Azureus make systray like icons fine but KPPP doesn't.
 
Old 04-22-2005, 07:41 AM   #4
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Re: Need help choosing a desktop manager

Quote:
Originally posted by alaxulas
1) Would this hardware be able to run KDE 3.40 + the web server (without KDE causing much overhead)?
If not
2) Which "lighter" DM is easier to configure and wouldn't be much of a hassle to get running.
Thanks

PS: I am thinking of running Debian (sid) as the distro. Any comments regarding the distro will also be welcomed.
XFCE is probably easier to get up and running with minimul configuration...but fluxbox is my favorite.
 
Old 04-22-2005, 03:20 PM   #5
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fvwm is good, but config is a pain. And don't use the DE's, only WM's if what you want is extra resources for the server.
 
  


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