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Old 09-21-2010, 01:13 AM   #1
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Gnome-less desktop: which WM?


Hi All,

Gnome is great but can be an overkill and slow things down.
I'm thinking of not loading gnome (commenting gnome-session in .xsession) and using a lighter WM (window manager) instead of metacity.

Any suggestions on such a WM?. Requirements:
* easily configurable (defining hot-keys, pop-up menus) by text files (no code recompilations)
* compatible with wmctrl
* small memory and CPU footprint
* fast, stable
* no/minimal eye-candy.

Cheers,
Mike.
 
Old 09-21-2010, 01:37 AM   #2
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Gnome is a desktop environment, not a window manager.

Fluxbox is a minimal window manager. Basically it just
puts decorations around your menus ... hence, window
manager. Everything under the sun is configurable
in ~/.fluxbox/*
 
Old 09-21-2010, 01:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for replying.

What I meant is that I consider not loading Gnome at all (including metacity) and using only a WM.

Cheers,
Mike.
 
Old 09-21-2010, 02:19 AM   #4
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http://lxde.org/
 
Old 09-21-2010, 02:34 AM   #5
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Awesome meets all five of your requirements... but it's not for everyone.

Cheers,

Evo2.
 
Old 09-21-2010, 03:33 AM   #6
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Awesome meets all five of your requirements... but it's not for everyone.

Cheers,

Evo2.
Thanks. What exactly does that mean?.
 
Old 09-21-2010, 03:42 AM   #7
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Well, I'm going to chime in with Icewm, and Fluxbox is also a good choice, as noted above.

You could install a few of the light-weight WMs mentioned above and give them a test-drive and see what you like.

I have KDE4, Icewm, and Fluxbox environments on my computer. I use Fluxbox or Icewm when I want to actually get things done, without the distractions of KDE4. I can't decide whether to keep Icewm or Fluxbox installed, so I've kept them both for the past 5 years.
 
Old 09-21-2010, 03:44 AM   #8
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you can also look into Xfce, its a desktop environment like Gnome. but much leaner and faster.
 
Old 09-21-2010, 03:47 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by mike11 View Post
What exactly does that mean?.
It does both stacking and tiling window management and is configured in lua.

Most people aren't interested in learning lua (even thought it is a very simple language), and most people seem to prefer to manually manage windows with their mouse rather that have their window manager do it for them.

Cheers,

Evo2.

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Old 09-21-2010, 07:37 AM   #10
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LXDE was already mentioned, but I'll mention it again, as it's my current favorite desktop environment. If you really just want a window manager, openbox is used by LXDE, but not dependent on it in any way. Another wm you might want to consider is jwm (the default wm for Puppy Linux). Then there's always e17.
 
Old 09-21-2010, 09:11 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for replying,
Mike.
 
Old 09-22-2010, 11:43 PM   #12
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Fluxbox meets your criteria.

Configurable menu, configurable hotkeys, fast, small, and versatile.

It has been my window manager of choice for at least three years.

You do not have to remove and replace Gnome or KDE or any other desktop environment or window manager. Heck, my Slackware box has about seven or eight environments. If I need to, I can switch into KDE or XFCE, but Fluxbox is my default on all my computers.

I gave a presentation about it to my local LUG. The handout might give you an idea of Fluxbox's versatility.
 
Old 09-23-2010, 09:14 PM   #13
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Thanks Frankbell. That presentation looks interesting.

So what are the major differences between fluxbox and icewm mentioned above?.

Also LXDE mentions openbox
http://lxde.org/lxde

Any experiences with that one?.

Cheers,
Mike.
 
Old 09-23-2010, 09:29 PM   #14
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Openbox, absolutely.
I think all of the *box-WMs will do the job.
 
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I only use Fluxbox without any other desktop environments or windows manager and it works great. It even looks pretty good in it's simplicity. I never understood those desktop filled with graphics, icons and taskbars like you have to maneuver a space rocket and not an usual computer.
 
  


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