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Old 09-17-2005, 03:16 PM   #1
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Simple File/Window Managers?


I have been using KDE for quite a while even though GNOME was my first Desktop Environment I didn't really like it, but now even KDE is a bit too much.

So I have turned to fluxbox (bit drastic?) I find it to be good, yet I need some sort of File Manager (Except ROX) and some sort of desktop to draw out icons.

Any help would be nice thanks!
 
Old 09-17-2005, 04:06 PM   #2
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I personally like IceWM for a window manager and Xfe or emelFM for file managers. Of course, TWM and the shell are options for that as well.
 
Old 09-18-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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I'll try them out, but a bit more...info would be good, something that would integrate into fluxbox nicely.

Also how on earth do you combine them?
For example, I want to have Fluxbox, with some sort of desktop, say ROX desktop (even though I don't like it much), how would I do that? If I say in xwmconfig or KDM that I want Fluxbox, it'll just load Fluxbox, no desktop or anything.

Any help would be nice!
 
Old 09-18-2005, 11:21 AM   #4
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If you want to start up anything with a WM, you have to edit "/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.(insert WM)". What do you want out of a "desktop"?
Full featured desktops feature mainly three things:
1. Application suite (including a file manager)
2. A way to get icons on the desktop
3. Total integration for apps using the desktop.

1 does not matter if you already use other apps. 2 can be accomplished with idesk, dfm, or rox, but I personally don't care to have launchers on my desktop. To me, that is what the launchers on the task bar are for. 3 is not possible to do cause everything in a self made desktop simply cannot communicate with each other.
 
Old 09-18-2005, 11:32 AM   #5
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Thanks I'll start messing around with "/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.whatever".

How do you get xfe? Looks good but is there a slackware package? Is it possible to just download the RPM then execute:

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rpm2tgz [package name]
installpkg [package name]
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I'll look at the other applications you mentioned, and I'll post what happens!
 
Old 09-18-2005, 11:48 AM   #6
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www.linuxpackages.org has a package for it under v10.0. You will need the fox library that can be gotten there as well. Also, you will need openoffice.org as well so that you can go to /usr/lib and link libstdc++ from openoffice with a command like:
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ln -s /opt/openoffice.org1.9.122/program/libstdc++.so.6
 
Old 09-18-2005, 06:04 PM   #7
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I like midnight commander (mc)
http://www.ibiblio.org/mc/images/mc-panels.png
 
Old 09-19-2005, 07:31 AM   #8
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Personally I find a combination XFCE and ROX-Filer for the file manager works well. They are light enough on resources that the combination works well even on my 233MHz laptop. You don't get desktop icons with XFCE, but you do get a panel containing application launchers, which is pretty easy to configure.
 
Old 10-23-2005, 12:19 PM   #9
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After trying many things, I find I keep going back to KDE, it's just so good.

Thanks for all your help though!
 
Old 10-23-2005, 12:36 PM   #10
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I use Openbox for my WM, and Endeavor mk II if I ever need a graphical file manager (I usually just use the command line).
 
Old 10-23-2005, 03:59 PM   #11
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I'm a big fluxbox fan, I tryied the desktop icons with fbdesk but didn't quite cut it for me.
Then I discover the .fluxbox/keys, you can configure any key or combination to bring up what you need even, set a hot key for volume.

You can make a good use of the useless win key after all...

Last edited by mago; 10-23-2005 at 04:02 PM.
 
Old 10-24-2005, 04:28 AM   #12
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I am a favorite of the Fluxbox & MC combination myself. I always set up keyboard shortcuts to have everything right at my fingertips - I use Win+Tab to change between my 2 desktops. I like Xfce, but I hate(!) the file manager.
Maybe you will want to consider PocketLinux? It is Slackware-based but uses KDE Light, which is an KDE-like modded Openbox with KDE programs and features - or Zenwalk (formerly known as Minislack). It is based on Slackware with Xfce and uses a 2.6 kernel.

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Old 10-24-2005, 06:54 AM   #13
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Nope, I still think I'll stay with KDE.
 
Old 10-24-2005, 01:45 PM   #14
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idesk works well putting icons on your fluxbox desktop, and has a little GUI for easy configuration. I believe you can get it at linuxpackages.net
 
  


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