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Old 04-24-2005, 10:21 AM   #1
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Want to use linux with less Graphical desktop.


I just do not like how suse and the others have that "candy-eyed" look. Is slackware like that too? I guess that depends which type of GUI or desktop one uses. I guess that i'm a person who likes the black backround and the green looking text screens. I just like the old school type screens. thats why I did not bother with XP's looking desktop either. How can I use the lesser graphical desktops in other than slackware like suse, mandriva,and all the others? I just saw some screenshots at here is an example, this one looks more unix-like
http://www.lynucs.org/index.php?scre...d6300&m=screen
In the URL above, how can I accomplish this desktop in SUSE like the one in the URL link?????

Does this really depend on which GUI ones logging into or depends which linux you use?

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Old 04-24-2005, 10:27 AM   #2
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u could try using a window manager like fluxbox or enlightenment, try search for either of them in google and see what u think.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 10:31 AM   #3
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I already did.
www.lynucs.org
I just want to convert (in SUSE) to this desktop like this one too:
http://www.lynucs.org/index.php?scre...e57f3&p=screen

Its less bloated and stuff. Please give me names of these types of desktops please, then I will do a search on google. First I need the types of names for these looking desktops in the URL link.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 10:33 AM   #4
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Slackware's default run level is 3, leaving you at the command line, although it's default GUI is also KDE.

The desktop in the linkie might be something like XFce or Fluxbox. Both are available for Slackware as tgz packages. Maybe SUSE offers them too?

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Old 04-24-2005, 10:34 AM   #5
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like i said, fluxbox and enlightement
 
Old 04-24-2005, 10:34 AM   #6
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The suggestion to use fluxbox is a good one, if you want a less "eye-candy" desktop. "Eye-candy" is in the eye of the beholder though, and you should realize that the desktop in the link you provided is pretty well themed/modified. Some work has gone into getting it the way it is.

Although the default window manager/desktop environment varies according to distribution, all the distros should be able to support any desktop/wm (although more or less tweaking may be required).
 
Old 04-24-2005, 10:39 AM   #7
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So I can use the Window manager like the one in the link for SUSE too?

Now, does in just depend on the distro of Linux or depends on what desktop manager one uses? Please explain.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 10:49 AM   #8
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a distro is a collection of tools, so for suse the main one is yast, the enviroment you are using for suse is kde, there are many to choose from though, like gnome (enviroment), fluxbox(window manager), enlightenment(window manager), xfce (envrioment) etc so just look up some of the names and see what catches your eye.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 10:50 AM   #9
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Ok, thanks, I just wanted a more UNIX-like enviroment. In SUSE, at the login screen, I cant see no list to choose from on the type Window manager to use. In Mandrake, there was. In SUSE, how can I choose what Window manager to choose from and how to install?

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Old 04-24-2005, 11:47 AM   #10
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It's been a while since I have messed with it on the box I have running SuSE, but if I recall correctly, you may be able to set the environment variable $WINDOWMANAGER to fluxbox and when you do startx it will launch. YMMV, though, because as I said, it has been a while since I had to do it. Xfce has a utility called "startxfce4" which bypasses your .xinitrc file and starts Xfce4 for you.

I just checked the Fluxbox site at fluxbox.sourcefore.net and they have a SuSE package. So, you should be able to just download and install that, if fluxbox is not already installed or on your distro CD/DVD. The Xfce site has links to xfce4 for SuSE 9.2, but I didn't see any for 9.3. 9.3 is fairly new though, IIRC, so there would probably be rpms out for it soon.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 12:11 PM   #11
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I got WindowMaker to work. But its very interesting on the way it works:

1. First, I cant find my Home directory.
2. I cant get like Firefox icon or other icons to be set pemanently onto my desktop...

How can I do those things in WM?
 
Old 04-24-2005, 07:11 PM   #12
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You'll need to read some documentation. I've never used WindowMaker but I do use fluxbox and I can tell you most basic window manager don't draw icons on their desktop, draw a background image or do anything like you'd expect. They manage windows as their name suggest, the rest is up to you. When you start using something like WindowMaker you hit the "I'm-out-of-newbie-waters" stage so read some docs, search the net and you'll be fine, it's not really hard at all.

To get a wallpaper, xsetroot will do fine, idesk will draw some nice icons for you and then if you want a little functional but lean-and-mean eye candy, check out torsmo or adesklets.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 07:58 PM   #13
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don't like eye-candy?

aewm, ratpoison, ion3, ctwm, evilwm, flwm, lwm, and pwm (my personal fav)

links to the websites for those wm, plus some that i haven't covered available here: http://www.gentoo-portage.com/x11-wm

note: you do not need gentoo for these wm's, just follow the links to their websites and you can download the source from there.
 
Old 03-22-2007, 06:13 PM   #14
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try xfwm ,blackbox ,or windowmaker
all nice clean and low weight
 
  


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