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Howdy. I've been a linux user for about 6th months now. I'm just starting to get a bit familiar with it and decided to install it on a laptop. A friend of mine gave me a P233MMX laptop w/ a 2GB HD. I've tried Mandrake 9.1, SuSE 8.2pro, and Slack 9.1. Despite the installers on SuSE and Mandrake, Slack was the only distro I could get to work. Unfortunately, slackware takes up a bunch of space on this 2gig HD. It seems like KDE is quite a bit bigger than GNome, so I'm thinking of switching to save some space. I've been using KDE since I switched from Windows and I've never really given Gnome a chance. I've also been using Enlightenment a bit--it's small and quick, but I'm still using KDE apps on it, so it really doesn't save me any space. Maybe I shoud try Gnome. Any suggestions/opinions given size and speed?
If you did a full install, then Slack will take up the whole hd. On the package selection, try not installing KDE and Gnome - Fluxbox is a perfectly good window manager. Takes some getting used to - no task bar, no eye candy, right click desktop space to bring up menus, etc but it is smaller than the others.
Greyweather, so does Slackware come with XFCE pre-installed?
Just curious on this, the XFCE site said only Gentoo, Lunar Linux, Morphix and some others had it pre-installed however it didn't like Slackware.
Slackware 9.1 will install xfce version 3.99.4 from disk 1. This was a release candidate of xfce 4.0, the final one IIRC, and was pretty much exactly the same as 4.0.
An official Slackware package also exists for xfce 220.127.116.11 in the 'current' branch (in my link above), which is the most recent stable release of xfce. So you can upgrade to the most recent version with no trouble.
The xfce list also doesn't list Vector Linux, despite xfce being Vector's default gui if I remember right. It also doesn't list Knoppix, while that's the first distro I used to try xfce.
Last edited by Greyweather; 02-29-2004 at 08:16 PM.
To return to the original question, I would favor functionality over space requirements. So Yes, give each window manager a chance, and decide for yourself which one seems to suit your needs the best. As Greyweather noted, Slack comes a variety of managers built in, so give them a shot. You can easily switch between them by running xwmconfig (which I think is in /usr/bin ??) -- J.W.
I took this oppertunity to try Xfce on Slackware just to make sure it works. This is the first time I've used Xfce4, and I must say it's very nice. Fast and clean. The whole thing started up in the time it takes Gnome or KDE to get to the splash screen.