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Old 04-30-2011, 06:34 AM   #16
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I thought that Xfce and Lxde are actually DEs, not WMs?
You are right. LXDE use Openbox as WM and XFCE uses xfwm4.

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DE choice might also depend on what programs you use. I can't live without Kaffeine, Amarok and K3B so KDE is a must have.
You cann run all this programs without having KDE installed.
 
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You bring up another concern of mine.

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GNOME 2, Xfce, and LXDE are pretty similar in feel. GNOME 2 is the most bloated but has the most features and bundled apps, followed by Xfce, followed by LXDE (the lightest, but with the least amount of features).

GNOME 3 works completely differently form any other desktop. Basically, the main desktop is much cleaner, and it doesn't have a "minimize" function. But when you move your mouse into the top-left corner, an overlay covers the desktop and lets you lauch programs and organize windows inot groups that you can switch between. I tried it from mthe live CD on their site, and it seems pretty neat, but I don't know how I'd like it in the long run since I only played with it for a few minutes.

KDE is more like a traditional desktop, but is very heavyweight and has a lot of eye candy and bundled apps.

Fluxbox is not a desktop, it's just a window manager. No bundled apps, not even desktop icons (note that you can use a separate application for that, if you really want desktop icons). Very minimalist. By far lighter on resources than any of the other choices you listed.
I have looked into the Gnome and KDE and do not like the changes to them. How do I avoid getting stuck with Gnome 3 and KDE 4.6. My sources for CD-Roms/DVDs are linuxcd.org, osdisc.com, on-disk.com. & easylinuxcds.com...none specify which version of Gnome of KDE they sell for Ultimate Edition 2.8, Linux Mint 10, etc.
 
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You can either look at the distros homepage or at Distrowatch for this information.
Just for clarification: They don't sell different DEs for different distributions, they only make CDs from images they got from the developers, so the versions on the CDs/DVDs are the same as if you would simply download the images and burn them yourself.
 
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I have looked into the Gnome and KDE and do not like the changes to them. How do I avoid getting stuck with Gnome 3 and KDE 4.6. My sources for CD-Roms/DVDs are linuxcd.org, osdisc.com, on-disk.com. & easylinuxcds.com...none specify which version of Gnome of KDE they sell for Ultimate Edition 2.8, Linux Mint 10, etc.
You can always remove the desktop that comes with it and install one you want (you don't even have to uninstall the old desktop, it will use up hard drive space but no CPU or memory if it's not running. And you get to choose on login).

Xfce is another option, it's probably the most similar to GNOME 2 but lighter and has less bundled apps.
 
  


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