Apologies if this is posted already - I couldn't find anything similar on a search.
We all come to Linux for different reasons, one of my highest priorities was to get a 'fast and light' OS for some old hardware. (Duron 800Mhz).
Having evaluated a full install of Slackware 10.2 for about 6 months I'm ready to reformat and install the system I actually want (conveniently Pat's just released Slackv11 - so I'll use that).
With regard to KDE - I must admit that it's impressive but it appears to be bloatware. It's packed with features and processes which I don't need nor understand and the overall effect is that it's pretty slow on my system in comparison to things like fluxbox.
Rather than exclude it from my new install I was wondering about the following:
- Can KDE be 'tweaked' to remove some of the ballast. For instance why does starting konqueror (even outside of kde, such is from flux or from flwm) start other processes like 'dcop'? Can this be removed so that when I want konqueror I only get konqueror, instead of konqueror plus several other processes?
- Can individual KDE apps be installed when the KDE environment is not installed (note: not just not running
but not installed at all
)? There are only 2 apps I've been even close to considering 'essential': konqueror and kpackage. I'd consider installing just those - but I don't know how much of the overall KDE framework they require. (I know that http://www.konqueror.org/faq/#CanIru...houtrunningKDE
mentions qt, kdelibs and kdebase but I don't know how big they are. Is installing those effectively installing KDE anyway?).
PS: I know people can get protective. I'm not interested in starting a flame-war. This is a factual observation that KDE is a great package which appears unsuited for a small box. Help, education and constructive criticism are welcome, insults are not.
Thanks in advance,