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Old 03-09-2004, 12:59 PM   #1
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Best and coolest gui?


Hey guys. What's the coolest looking and fastest gui out there?
I need one i can tweak alot, but also one that i understand, I've tried blackbox but it isn't easy to learn and I think kde is to microsoft looking.
I've been looking at the gnome with enlightenment, it looks cool, but is it fast`? and doable for a guy that's been using linux for just a couple of months?

Specs:
Amd Athlon 1.8
512ram

(PS: I know how to configure kernel, installation, manage users and compile new packages and releases, just to give you a hint about where I stand.)

Thanx and best regards from me
 
Old 03-09-2004, 01:11 PM   #2
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Fluxbox is supposed to be the newer Blackbox.

I like Gnome although it may not be that fast when you eye candy it up, but it's still pretty quick.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 01:13 PM   #3
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I use Fluxbox. With the hardware you listed, it should be pretty smokin'.

I run it on a PIII 450mHz with 384mb of RAM, and it runs pretty slick for me:

Screenshot

Screenshot showing desktop


It's fast, totally customizable, and simple to use and tweak. Tons of styles ("themes", for lack of a better term) available to download from the Fluxbox site as well.




EDIT to fix inept linking. Durrrrr......

Last edited by Melkor; 03-09-2004 at 01:15 PM.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 01:22 PM   #4
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Thanx for quick reply.

I think i'm gonna go for fluxbox.
Any other suggestions might be cool
 
Old 03-09-2004, 01:31 PM   #5
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A lot of people use Windowmaker... it's pretty light and resource-friendly. I haven't used it much, myself however, so I can't really vouch for how tweakable or easy it is to customize. Given its popularity though, I would think it can't be too much more complex than Fluxbox to play with. It's probably worth a try, at least.

Oh, and Xfce is pretty nice.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 01:41 PM   #6
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Hey Melkor, I like your 403 page.......LOL pretty funny
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zis annoying message on every page you go to, unt ve may be vatching every move you make on ze internet vith out zoftvare, zince ze internet is all ours anyvay, but you never know.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 02:24 PM   #7
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I think Dropline has the nicest interface. you can get it at www.dropline.net
 
Old 03-09-2004, 02:38 PM   #8
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Hey Melkor, I like your 403 page.......LOL pretty funny
LOL!

I totally forgot I had that up there!

I used to alternate between that, and this as my "index.htm" in that webspace. Just for kicks.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 03:22 PM   #9
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Rox Filer running desktop and panels together with Icewm window manager I find an excellent combination - light, fast and simple.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 04:13 PM   #10
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you cant have it all man, a gui that is nice looking will likely be inherently slow because it needs all that crap to make it look spiffy. In my opinion dropline gnome is the best combination, Kde is huge and awful, and doesnt really even look that great if you ask me. As for fluxbox/blackbox, they are great but not very userfriendly.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 04:31 PM   #11
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Gnome.

You can set up Gnome to look like Dropline Gnome by installing the "gnome extra themes" package at www.LinuxPackages.net.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 04:42 PM   #12
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Dropline Gnome isnt just good because of how it looks, its optimized specifically for slackware and i686 (pentium4/amd athalon) boxes.

Last edited by sh1ft; 03-21-2004 at 06:40 PM.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 04:44 PM   #13
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Yeah, Im running fluxbox now, and its gonna take me a few years to learn, hehehe..
Anyways, Im having problems with new installations cuz they doesnt seem to be very clean.
Things Ive compiled before seems to end up with new installation of slack, even after repartitioning.
You can find my post in the newbie section...

I guess im gonna stick with gnome, after fixing this problem, cause i dont really enjoy kde either..

Thanx for support...

PS> There should really be a poll with this question, cause its really a big descition...
 
Old 03-09-2004, 04:53 PM   #14
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Quote:
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Yeah, Im running fluxbox now, and its gonna take me a few years to learn, hehehe..
Fluxbox isn't that hard.

Look in your ~/.fluxbox directory and you'll find a file called "menu". You can edit that with any text editor (I like to use vim when in a command shell, and Kedit when graphical, but any of them will work).

If you don't see something you want on the menu, add it simply by typing it in where you want in the same format as any of the other launchers you see in the menu file.

It's dirt-simple man. Look at my menu in the screenshot I posted in my above post in this thread... you can launch just about any app from the Fluxbox menu, and all you gotta do to add it to the menu is type it in that text file I was talking about.

I usually use Konqueror as my file manager in Fluxbox, so I added that to the top of my menu. I like Opera as my main browser, so I added that in an easily-accessible place as well.

I use Citrix to remotely access a metaframe server where I work sometimes, so I added a launcher to the Fluxbox menu for that as well.

Adding that kind of stuff took pretty much zero technical know-how and all of about 5 minutes of what essentially amounts to being mostly typing.

But that's one of the things I love about Fluxbox.... you can do really cool things and it's really easy to do it.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 05:06 PM   #15
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I am happy to inform the unwashed masses that the correct window manager to use is Window Maker.

Not only is it far more beautiful and less cluttered than some of the more typical wm's, but it is so close to perfection that it has required only tiny and insignificant changes over the last several years. Many uninformed people even thought development on the project had died, but the fact is that it was hardly needed, since there was little or no room for improvement.
 
  


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