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Old 01-11-2006, 01:46 AM   #1
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Very Lightweight window manager


I am re-deploying a server; it is quite old.

here's the specs: pentium1, 250mhz, 32mb RAM.

I've used this machine quite successfully as a headless
server. Now I want to see if I can deploy it for very simple web-enabled tasks like email, surfing, etc.


what's the best 'window-manager' for doing this? I am running debian 2.4 kernel on this old boy.

any advice apprec...
thx,
danimal
 
Old 01-11-2006, 02:15 AM   #2
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well, I've succesfully used blackbox, twm, xfce and even afterstep on such a system. I'd recommend checking those out. You can even go up to enlightenment -- but that may be pushing it.

On a side note, you can even use something like kde/gnome on such a system, it will just be "a trifle" slow
 
Old 01-11-2006, 03:43 AM   #3
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I use openbox for small machines, its not bad..
 
Old 01-11-2006, 07:09 AM   #4
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I'd suggest icewm with a theme like SilverXP.

And do this in /etc/X11/icewm/preferences:
OpaqueMove=0
OpaqueResize=0
MenuMouseTracking=1
TaskBarShowCPUStatus=0 and TaskBarShowNetStatus=0 . I only set them to 0 on slow computers to save resources.
ShutdownCommand="sudo shutdown -h now"
RebootCommand="sudo shutdown -r now"
 
Old 01-11-2006, 12:52 PM   #5
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fluxbox is pretty cool.
 
Old 01-12-2006, 12:26 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by ille.pugil42
well, I've succesfully used blackbox, twm, xfce and even afterstep on such a system. I'd recommend checking those out. You can even go up to enlightenment -- but that may be pushing it.

On a side note, you can even use something like kde/gnome on such a system, it will just be "a trifle" slow
I assume that any window manager running on an actual terminal would always need xfree86 running?
 
Old 01-12-2006, 10:49 PM   #7
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I use Oroborus. It's small enough and configurable. It gives blank window manager. No menu at all, but you can use deskmenu and desklaunch (iconize). You can manage this WM to fulfill anything you want to be. But, if you want easy to use small WM, I recommend Blackbox or Fluxbox.
 
Old 01-13-2006, 02:34 AM   #8
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I assume that any window manager running on an actual terminal would always need xfree86 running?
Yes, you'll need X running for any of the window managers, unless you feel like working direct from console - at that point a 386 with 8MB of RAM may just suffice
 
Old 01-13-2006, 04:11 AM   #9
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What about XDirectFB?
I don't know the developpment status and the memory consumption.

http://www.directfb.org/index.php?pa...ts%2FXDirectFB
Just by curiousity I may try it a day.

There is also the Xserver on Ipod I don't remember the name.
edit:
ok , it is this (its primarly used for embemded device, like iPod but for specific use should be usable under linux)
http://www.microwindows.org/

There is maybe some work to do but this is really a lightweight X server (less than 100k)

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Old 01-13-2006, 05:55 AM   #10
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blackbox is cool, but dont forget to install the bbkeys package
 
  


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