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Old 04-10-2005, 02:00 PM   #1
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The right Shell for me?


Not sure what to call this under Linux. In windows, I am referring to a shell, like Explorer, Litestep, Blackbox, GeoShell etc...

I think WindowManager in Linux?

Anyway, I need to pick one. But here is the thing, I don't just want any shell, what I want in a shell, is Litestep. Lack of finding an LS equivelent for Linux has kept me from Linux for years. It's one think when some program you use sometimes ain't around, or to have to use some other program to perform the same task, but when it's the basic gui interface itself that you don't wanna loose, it can be alot harder to give up.

Ookay so first note, AfterStep != Litestep. I'm not looking for a wharf, infact I don't use any wharf. What I wan't is to make my desktop my bitch, like I can with Litestep.

I'de like something as close to litestep as is possible. But what would "do" would be a scriptable gui that would allow me to place alpha-transparency rended images anywhere I want on my desktop, and make them do what I want them to do. Would also need a taskbar, or something very similar, and a tray or something similar. Also just has to have a way I can open a menu of stuff, preferably generated from a list of links(or shortcuts) in a directory.

I'de like to be able to have a mini console/command input, a graphical CPU monitor, a memory monitor and a clock, and I want to be able to make it all look however I want it to look and stick it where I want it.

Would also be nice if I could script movement of everything.

Ookay and the important thing here, I guess.. is I don't need a pretty gui to set all this up, I have no problem hacking away at config files, and writing up scripts to make everything work how I want, and infact prefer it, for the customizeability.

But I haven't found anything in Linux that comes close to what LS is. And I sooo wanna use Linux. Does anyone know anything like this for Linux? Anyone willing to help me find my dream?
 
Old 04-10-2005, 02:04 PM   #2
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FVWM 2.5
 
Old 04-10-2005, 02:08 PM   #3
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Having had a look at a few screenshots for Litestep I think Enlightenment is probably what you are looking for:
http://www.enlightenment.org/

You can use system monitors such as gkrellm to get your cpu usage etc.
 
Old 04-10-2005, 02:16 PM   #4
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Enlightenment is the most uncustomizable desktop know to man. If you want to edit config's forget about it. There is nothing interesting to play with and your stuck with what they think you desktop should be.

FVWM 2.5 you can customize anything and everything. You can make it look like anything and act like anything. At first all the options are overwhelming, but once you read the man page and make your own config it isn't that bad.

It's also very lite, and is quite snapy. Mine takes up less mem than the flux.

Last edited by chbin; 04-10-2005 at 02:21 PM.
 
Old 04-10-2005, 02:21 PM   #5
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I've got to say that I just checked out that FVWM site and it's improved a lot since I last looked at it about a year ago.
 
Old 04-10-2005, 02:33 PM   #6
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mm.. thanx for the input. I've checked out Enlightenment and E2 in the past, and atleast at that time it wasn't what I wanted.

But FVWM2.5 sounds like a place for me to go burry my e-nose, and do some reading. I'll go see if I can get it to do what I want. Again, thanx a lot for your help. Here's to hoping it's a Litestep for Linux.. (^_^)
 
  


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