RH 10/ F4 and xfce for Newbie
Not wanting to debate anything, just clarify: Been told that gnome is a little resource heavy and that Xfce might be a better option. System is maxed out with nothing but system monitor running -- 98-100% cpu, 90+% on RAM.
IF this is true, then the following questions arise:
(1) Being a newbie, how can I switch desktops easily?
(2) ANything special I need to be aware of with doing this?
(3) Other options I can add or modify to this?
(4) I don't know what I don't know on this
Red Hat might be a little resource hungry for that machine. I use a 366mhz laptop with 192meg of ram, with Vector Linux. Damn Small Linux would be good too. Red Hat was a pig on it.
KDE and Gnome are too much; the machine is too slow. Xfce is a good option, as are Fluxbox and IceWM.
When you log into the system, I assume that you get a graphical log-in (that is, not just a console). Are there not other window managers available from a drop-down menue on that screen? All the Red Hat systems I have used had at least a couple window managers installed by default.
If not you need to go find the Xfce package. It will be an RPM file. You might look on the install CD; mount it and explore with Konqueror. Double clicking in Konqueror should start the install process. If it needs other packages it will tell you. You can Google for it too. Download it, and use the Package Manager or Konqueror to install it.
Oops, forgot to answer all your questions.
Switching window managers (desktops are really something else again) is usually done by logging out and selecting a new one, then logging in again. There might be an item in the menu for selecting window managers that will let you switch, but I do not think Red Hat does that. It wuold not be hard to add, but it would take a while to explain.
Logging out can be as simple as Control-Alt-Backspace. That restarts X and takes you to the log-in again.
There are alot of things to add to a window manager like Xfce. Read about RoxFiler.
It is odd that the CPU is running so high. Even KDE should not run it up to 90% standing still. Try opening a console and typing "top" (without the ""). It will tell you what processes are using the most cycles. Use Control-C to stop top. To understand better, type "man top" first and read the information about top. Use "q" to get out.
Tell us how it goes.
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