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Old 07-16-2012, 04:43 AM   #1
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is it possible to install both xfce and gnome also also maybe kde


Is it possible to install more than one desktop environment in BLFS ?

Like I want to first try out XFCE then I want to set up Gnome desktop environment.

I followed this post and know how to set up multiple window managers and use one.

Is there any way I can set up xfce and then after that set up gnome 3, finally choosing to run one of them ? will I be able to switch like i did for the window manager above.

selecting one out of them, I can maybe remove xfce later?

Ive used fluxbox as my window manager Ive heard that in gnome 3.4 the mutter window manager was used by default. The gnome instructions show how to install mutter, will this replace fluxbox?

If yes, does Mutter window manager work with XFCE.

wikipedia instructions make it look like its for gnome

Which is the best window manager I should use, I heard fluxbox and xfce is mostly used for older and slower systems. Im using a 2.9ghz i5, 4gb ram I think I could go with a better looking winndow manager metacity iis old and outdated they say Mutter it the latest replacing Metacity?

Im told cokmpositing window managers like compiz metacity and mutter have a performance hit for games... is this tryue?

i it possible to install a window manager thats not on the blfs instructions, will it work with blfs?


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Old 07-16-2012, 05:04 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with any of the *lfs details, but--in general--there's no problem with having multiple desktops / window managers. When logging in, the typical display manager allows you to choose which to use. I like GDM, but there is also KDM, XDM, SLIM....

When installing something like XFCE, Gnome, or KDE (all "Desktop Environments, you do not normally need to be concerned with the Window Manager-----it is there and gets installed as part of the package.


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