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Hello, my question is, which is the lightest(less resources needed) for desktop interface.
Is it XFCE?
I am using both new and old computers, so to narrow down choices, on old computer, am wondering, which is lightest.
Old AMD MB and proccesor.
Stand alone Distro, not dual booting.
Thank you in advance for any advice.
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
Hey if you decided to go with a window manager I can recommend Enlightenment you have to check it out. It runs fine in very little memory. Fluxbox is another good one. Keep in mind all window managers offer less than a full desktop manager. It is basically the minimum you can have for a graphical interface.
To some extent, it depends on the other things that a particular distro gets up to: I found Xfce on Zeven OS lighter than LXDE on Mint. But basically (from tests on Salix Linux)
Xfce > LXDE > Enlightenment > Fluxbox > Icewm
I, have not heard of Window Managers, will have to look it up.
Do they work like a Distro?
Short answer, no. You install them to the distro you are using like any other package; they can exist quite happily on your hard drive next to whatever is already installed. If you have a package manager, you install them using it.
Then you log out, choose the new interface in the session chooser in the log in window ("Display Manager"), then log back in to your new interface.
Window managers are simpler than desktop environments; they typically don't come with a bunch of gadgets and widgets and geegaws and fancy animated effects, though sometimes they have a simplified panel (task bar) with a sort-of system tray. With a little bit of work, they can often be configured to look quite pretty. I'm attaching a picture of Fluxbox on the computer on which I am typing this.
Slackware comes with six Window Manager/Desktop Environments out-of-the-box. OpenSuse (KDE spin), which I'm running in a VM, came with KDE and the much lighter IceWM.
Last edited by frankbell; 05-01-2014 at 08:49 PM.
My favorite stacking wm is cwm, followed by sithwm. My favorite tiling window managers are larswm and euclid-wm. I like to navigate via keyboard, and these all facilitate that well. Window managers are great for older hardware. More info: