I researched the problem and concluded that I had to break the whole desktop dependency thing.
My own solution was to shift everything and everyone to Slackware and Fluxbox.
Looking back I now view those old tools as a cage that I was unwittingly trapped in, and see that the new methods broke the cell door off its hinges!
For one example, I now view my earlier konsole usage as a set of leg shackles, and the transition to urxvt-tmux-on-flux was my liberation! I now run free of the desktop cage and all its shackles, much more than metaphorically!
Don't be reluctant to make the change - good luck!
Astrogeek, i'm going to make bold and respond to your inspiring post with some comments about my (very limited) experience, followed by a couple of questions seeking help to fix my broken slack 14 install.
1. I had slackware 14 64-bit running beautifully under xfce until my system crashed one day (i was actually using an archbang install on same computer, different partition) with what appeared to be some malicious attack: beeping noise, menus items suddenly melting into incomprehensible code etc.
2. I raced out and got a new computer that very day (one I had sized up weeks earlier): 4 core, hybrid HDD, 8GB mem with a new bios that I'd never experienced: seems it supports both bios and uefi, came home, installed mint, slack 14 with kde selected during install as default DE (i wanted to try out the big new screen and greater grunt) and salix (latest version)
3. I have not had a moment's pleasure from slackware ever since: the main problem:
- gui is patchy, sketchy, unreadable menu items: as if one were reading an ancient papyrus fragment
4. even when i configure wmconfig to start in *any other DE* the symptoms are the same!
5. another -possibly- diagnostic observation: terminal emulator exhibits same patchy/sketchy quality as described above;
while konsole DOES NOT! it is perfect: entirely readable and configurable and responsive.
6. Some output from my machine:
when i cfdisk the slackware partition from my mint install, with:
cfdisk /dev/sda1 -u
Device contains neither a valid DOS partition table, nor Sun, SGI or OSF disklabel
Building a new DOS disklabel with disk identifier 0xe6fee37e.
Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them.
After that, of course, the previous content won't be recoverable.
Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 4 will be corrected by w(rite)
The device presents a logical sector size that is smaller than
the physical sector size. Aligning to a physical sector (or optimal
I/O) size boundary is recommended, or performance may be impacted.
1. Having done several re-installs, I am loathe to do another one with little or no prospect of improvement.
However, do you think it might be worth my while trying something I have not tried before (and this brings me to the substance of your post): ie: go for flux as default in a fresh install?
Sorry for this overly-long post and thanks in advance if you can suggest something to help.