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Old 09-08-2005, 02:47 AM   #1
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GUIs


Hey all,
I'm new to Linux and there is something that I've been wondering about the X windows and the programs they include amoung other things.

First thing. I've been looking around to get my 5 button mouse setup, some tutorials have been saying "xorg" or "XFree86". I'm using SUSE 9.3 and I seem to have xorg. What is this piece of software doing and how does it fit in with KDE/Gnome/any other other GUI? Can I have Xfree running with SUSE? Does Gnome work only with a specific one?

Currently I have KDE installed but I prefer Gnome. However I like Kmail and a few other KDE applications. Is there a way I can install Gnome and keep/use those KDE applications I want?

When I installed Slackware it gave me a prompt to work with. By typing a windows config command let me choose which XWindows I wanted to use. Is there a way I can setup SUSE so it boots me up to a prompt and I can type "startGnome" or "startKDE". I guess if I can get the programs I want in one Xwindow I won't need to do it.

I'd really like to use fluxbox because it didn't have many applications bundled with it. But if I install that how would I get to Yast and system status/modifying type programs?


Any help would be much appreciated.


[EDIT] I knew this would happen. I always find a lot of info I need straight after I post. I've installed fluxbox and can run all my KDE programs. I can see that my mouse i behaving differently. Gotta find out which config file flux is using.

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Old 09-08-2005, 03:19 AM   #2
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Re: GUIs

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Originally posted by juvestar15
First thing. I've been looking around to get my 5 button mouse setup, some tutorials have been saying "xorg" or "XFree86". I'm using SUSE 9.3 and I seem to have xorg. What is this piece of software doing and how does it fit in with KDE/Gnome/any other other GUI? Can I have Xfree running with SUSE? Does Gnome work only with a specific one?
gnome works with both , xorg is a X server which provides the basic framework for a GUI environment: drawing and moving windows on the screen and interacting with a mouse and keyboard.


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Currently I have KDE installed but I prefer Gnome. However I like Kmail and a few other KDE applications. Is there a way I can install Gnome and keep/use those KDE applications I want?
you could use kde programs in gnome providing that you have the basic libraries of kde installed


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Is there a way I can setup SUSE so it boots me up to a prompt and I can type "startGnome" or "startKDE"
you could choose to use either kde or gnome or other from the current login manager that your using (kdm , gdm)

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Old 09-08-2005, 03:34 AM   #3
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Fluxbox will also use xorg.conf (I believe it is /etx/X11/xorg.conf, but I am not sure; you can make a search for it), but it only has a few setup files for itself, mostly located in /home/you/.fluxbox; try using the 'keys' file for keyboard shortcuts - that works great.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

heema, I had a look around and worked out how to stop auto-login. I could then get to the login screen and by clicking the session link I was able to select which windows manager to use. I'm just trying to install Gnome now. Lucky you told me about kdm, I would never have thought there was something like that.

OSourceDiplomat, I had a look at the keys files and in that directory was the menu. Very easy to understand and edit. I now have a fully customized menu. It's exactly what I was looking for.


I got thinking though about using kde and gnome applications. There are probably alternatives just as good elsewhere right? I will have to look more into it.

Once again thanks, you two have answered pretty much all my concerns.
 
Old 09-10-2005, 06:09 AM   #5
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If you are going for the really lightweight system, you could try CD-burning with CDW and music playing with MP3Blaster. For e-mail ThunderBird and Sylpheed are fairly light. Sylpheed is becoming more pleasant to look at in the latest versions.
 
Old 09-10-2005, 07:15 AM   #6
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Whoa that mp3 player is ultra lightweight.

I'll give these programs a run tonight.
 
  


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