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Old 10-17-2012, 07:03 AM   #1
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A clean way of trying multiple desktops.

I've got Xubuntu 12.04 and Arch installed on my system at the moment. It's a C2D laptop with Intel GMA3000 graphics and 4GB ram. I've been having some stability issues with both Thunar and PCmanFM, plus some graphical corruption in Draftsight and Skype, and the file managers seem to have some reliance on the desktop environment.

I attempted to try KDE on Xubuntu which installed a lot of crud, filling up the main menu in XFCE to the point of being unusable and I ended up reinstalling from backup. KDE also seemed painfully slow but I liked the layout to a point.

So question is, is there a quick and easy way to try the diffent DE's, only installing the necessary components to make the experience smooth and keeping new menu entries to a minimum?

Is anybody also aware of any decent reviews/test labs for current desktop environments on the whole? I would prefer lightweight options

Thanks guys.
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I've never liked the result that stems from mixing different desktop environments or window managers on the same system, so I keep a backup image of a minimum base install (Arch Linux) on hand, and then simply install whatever DE/WM that I want to try on top of that. Make another system image (backup) when you have your system the way you want it, then you can simply restore one of your backups when you want to give a previous DE/WM another spin. This method of experimenting with various DE/WM options has always worked well for me.

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Seems like a good way of doing things to me Ozar, not sure why I was making it so complicated
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You could have used this method to remove KDE from your Xubuntu install; a reinstall was not necessary:
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Great link Snowpine, tried it in a VM this afternoon.... very effective.


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