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Old 09-02-2006, 05:21 PM   #1
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Smile I want to switch to IceWM or Xfce

I want to switch to IceWM or Xfce. But here's the problem: I think I am "addicted" to KDE. I don't think I'd miss most of what comes with KDE, but there are a few programs that I really like. Two that come to mind are Konsole and kppp. Although kppp is quite nice, I think I get by without it. It would be nice to find a good GUI-based replacement for it, but I think I can live with a command-line modem dialer if I have no other choice. Konsole may be another matter, though. I really like the tabbed interface that allows me to have multiple consoles open within a single window. And being able to copy/paste is quite convenient and a big time saver. I've tried a few different distros, and various desktops/window managers (fluxbox, GNOME, IceWM, Xfce, etc.), and nothing I saw comes close to Konsole. But I am hoping that I missed something, which is why I am posting this message.

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Note that if you have the correct KDE libraries installed, you can run most any KDE app in any desktop environment. For instance, I run Quanta quite nicely in XFCE, and a couple Gnome apps as well.
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Yes you can run kde progs from within other window managers. Be aware though that some also require kdeinit to be running so if you have problems see if that fixes it, then maybe add a command to run kdeinit from one of your startup files.
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Yes, I was aware that I could still run KDE applications while in another windows manager. However, a friend told me that if you do that you lose the speed advantage of the lighter window managers because it requires some sort of KDE server to also be running. I think he's probably right. I know that when I tried running KDE programs while in IceWM, they seemed to take a long time to load. The same was true, to some extent, when I tried running GNOME applications. On the other hand, if significantly less memory is required than for full-blown KDE (or GNOME) then it's probably worth it.



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