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Until recently I have been using KDE, Gnome and XFCE. These are nice, but considering the fact that I have an interest in the inner workings of Linux (not kernel hacking :P but bash scripting and such) and programming, I was wondering if I still need the shiny buttons with all their bloat, or if can make them myself.
So I decided to move to a move from a DE to a WM. I have been looking at possible choices, before even thinking to install, and so far the options seem to be Fluxbox/FVWM2 and a remote third Kahakai.
What I need to know: which is more powerful (I mean gives the user more possibilities)?
And I saw that Kahakai has this trick which looks like a sort of lightweight TaskManager, but within a dynamic menu => kahakai.sourceforge.net/images/screenshots/thefifthpope-desktop.jpg (sorry about the trick, but it's the only way I could post the link)
All I want to know is which WM is more powerful, and allows me such tricks like generating dynamic menus. Not too minimalistic though, but if it can be made to look almost as good as the image in my link, it's good enough.
Kahakai is a dead project, and I'm not that enthusiastic about such projects.
I'd go with fluxbox. I haven't really delved too deep into it myself, but I've been told it's quite nice in the customization department, which seems to be what you want. I'd give it a go for a few weeks... it's quite powerful, and easy to learn. The first version you'll see will prolly be a little too minimalistic for your tastes, but once again... it's very easily customizable, so you should be on your to your own preferences in no time.
I know this isn't a very helpful answer, but maybe it'll get you to at least give fluxbox a try if nothing else.
It seems that Fluxbox goes well with my planned Gentoo box - but that proclist in the menus (Kahakai) has got me hooked(at least for watching the screenshot, as I haven't installed Kahakai)... Those damned features...they creep on you and you're lost. :P
Kahakai is actually very similar to fluxbox to use. It isn't in active development anymore though which is a definite downside. Another option, if you like the proclist in Kahakai, you can do that with the scripted menus in Openbox (and blackbox?) which is another very similar window manager.
Fluxbox is very good, I used it for a long time and it's the one I always go back to. I'll try something new and cool but I always find myself back at flux It's pretty configurable, very light and has a large following so if you don't want to learn it's config syntax there's plenty available for download.
Fvwm2 is the hardcore WM. You basically write the thing yourself in it's config files, that's how configurable it is. I never learnt it cause it seemed like too much effort but I've gotta say, you can do some pretty rad things with it!
I think I'll go the Gentoo Flux way.. I found something cool: just what the doctor ordered.
I know of Enlightenment, but I don't think it's as lightweight as Fluxbox. Don't get me wrong, it's fast, but I think it eats up more resources.
Who needs KDE or Gnome anyway? If it's bigger than XFCE, i don't need it.
It looks like a close race between Fluxbox and FVWM...Flux seems easier to configure and with more examples/tutorials on the net, while FVWM looks a strong choice too (I like the fact that it's a survivor; it's the first major WM that appeared). I'll try both of them.
Python is faster than bash usually, so I think I'll just adjust it. As for C, maybe I'll write that other one - the one reading RSS feeds.
I haven't really compared it to KDE. I just want to say that of the huge bunch of apps which come with KDE, I would only use a few, and it's not worth it... I'm not afraid to configure a WM myself. Plus QT apps are good, but why use them when i have GTK? Except Kommander, I have everything I need here: Gaim, Gimp, Xzgv, Graveman,....