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Old 07-22-2011, 03:37 PM   #1
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Your favorite lightweight desktop environment?

For a while I have been searching for a new desktop environment to use on my netbook, since gnome 3 is too heavy for it. Currently it is running ubuntu because unity is lighter than gnome 3, but I am planning to go back to fedora at some point in time. So far I found LXDE to be my favorite, after trying XFCE and Enlightenment.

I'm not looking for a solution here, just opinions, what is your favorite lightweight desktop environment (and with which WM if you wish) and why?
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I've used most of them, and I tend to stick with XFCE personally. I like FluxBox on very low end hardware (under 500 MHz, say), but for a halfway modern system it is probably unnecessary to run something so stripped down (unless you like the more utilitarian feel).
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I like openbox or fluxbox for use as a lightweight system. But if your looking for a full desktop environment, I guess I prefer lxde
Old 07-22-2011, 04:14 PM   #4
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My favourite since I started using it has always been wmii; it's a different type of WM (tiling rather than compositing/stacking), but I find it intuitive to use and it helps organise your windows no end... But some people don't get along with it, so YMMV
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I would have to second on LXDE followed closely by custom openbox with tint2 , and finally followed by ratpoison.. I really like not using a mouse makes me feel geekier for some reason.
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For my needs i3 wm is second to none.
Old 07-22-2011, 07:13 PM   #7
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Openbox for the window manager.
Tint2 at the bottom of the screen.
Feh setting the wallpaper.
gmrun hotkeyed to either ALT-F2 or Window-R.
Old 07-22-2011, 07:24 PM   #8
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I used WindowMaker for many, many years. About a month back I started trying some of the tiling window-managers and eventually settled on dwm + dmenu.
It's a no distractions, just get on with what you're doing setup. I love it.. You do need to customise it though. The default colours and keyboard shortcuts are useless.
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I really like Openbox, with tint2.
Old 07-22-2011, 09:00 PM   #10
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Openbox + tint2 (CrunchBang) is my all-time favorite. Currently experimenting with Ratpoison.
Old 07-22-2011, 09:10 PM   #11
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I loves me the simple elegance of Fluxbox. I use it with Slackware, Debian, and Ubuntu.
Old 07-22-2011, 09:35 PM   #12
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Xfce…because it's lightweight and portable (i.e. I can run it on all my machines, including the FreeBSD "frankencomputer" ), and I can make it look/feel like classic Windows (pre-7), and that's what I'm used to. I don't think I could ever really get used to using just a bare WM; I'm stuck in my old habits, LOL.

I'm sure there's more to it than that, but I don't feel like trying to recall all my motivations right now…
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XFCE, though only on a specialized virtual machine.
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LXDE is my favorite so far too, closely followed by XFCE.
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e17 or xfce


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