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Old 04-30-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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Smile Desktop interface( which is lightest)


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.

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Old 04-30-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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xfce is light, but it's not the lightest.

I'm not sure what is, maybe lxde? Window managers will be even lighter (eg: Fluxbox), not sure if you're interested in those.
 
Old 04-30-2014, 05:44 PM   #3
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LXDE is lighter. Then you've got window managers (lighter than desktop environments) such as Fluxbox, Openbox and my favourite category, i.e. tiling window managers: i3, awesome, spectrwm, dwm, xmonad
 
Old 04-30-2014, 05:51 PM   #4
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Hi and thanks for good advice.
I, have not heard of Window Managers, will have to look it up.
Do they work like a Distro?
Also is install method similar?

Thanks
 
Old 04-30-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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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.
 
Old 04-30-2014, 06:17 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by TroN-0074 View Post
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.
You know, sometimes less is more

To the OP:

Desktop environments or window managers are just graphical interfaces that let you interact with your files / system.
 
Old 04-30-2014, 06:24 PM   #7
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check out iceWM. Its very nice and often overlooked. antiX uses icewm by default. I did a video on customizing iceWM in antiX sometime ago. might be nice for a tour no matter what OS you are using.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnTwZtHst3E
 
Old 05-01-2014, 11:28 AM   #8
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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
 
Old 05-01-2014, 11:59 AM   #9
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Fluxbox, Openbox, and Icewm are probably the lightest regular window managers (also blackbox, but it is rather old and ugly). There are also tiling window managers, which are also very light.
 
Old 05-01-2014, 12:18 PM   #10
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Arch maintains a Staggeringly good wiki list of WM's. The tiling WM's are the smallest btw.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/window_manager
 
Old 05-01-2014, 08:43 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:29 PM   #12
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(A few:) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...indow_managers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...p_environments
Window-Maker or JWM are cool and the *box versions get light,,, I'd suggest trying many out to find what suites your needs...
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ove-%3B-99.jpg

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Old 05-01-2014, 10:05 PM   #13
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Ah.. I see many others like iceWM. It is my personal favorite as well.
Here is a link to a page that may be helpful http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...wManagers.html
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:29 PM   #14
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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:

http://www.gilesorr.com/wm/table.html
http://xwinman.org/

My Slackware and OpenBSD setups, with cwm:
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:38 PM   #15
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Further, a comparison of memory usage:

http://www.gilesorr.com/wm/memory64.html
http://www.gilesorr.com/wm/memory32.html
 
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