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Old 10-22-2004, 04:59 PM   #1
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Desktop Environment Comparison

I run slackware 10 and I'm trying to deciede what desktop to use, kde and gnome seem most common, but i hear things about them being bloated, glitchy, etc. I actually have had a bunch of problems with gnome involving users besides root do run nautilus and certain web browsers, i looked into it and found out this was just a glitch with the version of gnome that shipped with slackware 10. anyway, i was looking for an article, poll, etc. that looks into the various desktop environments there are for gnome: fluxbox, xfce, gnome, kde, and whatever else and gives some stats on how much resources they use up and how functional they are so i can find one that has the right amount of functionality, but doesnt use up too much resources.

Also, whats the deal with dropline gnome? the site says it's a gnome version that's "streamlined for slackware" but it doesnt say how it's streamlined or how its different from regular gnome? I'm running it right now and i cant tell the difference.

it would really please me to get some responses here cuz most times my posts just get ignored for some reason. so, i really appreciate the people who take the time to help me out
Old 10-22-2004, 05:16 PM   #2
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That's a pretty dangerous question to ask. Everyon has their preferred DE which they will defend to the death. So please, nobody start flaming.

Having said that, the DE I will defend to the death is xfce. It's just a simple window manager without billions of programs tied in. Its fairly lightweight. Just running "ps -A v", xfce shows up taking 1% pf my memory. As a comparison, evolution takes 1.6%, firefox takes 2.4% and dcgui-qt takes 6.4%. It also has an intuitive and easy to configure interface (IMO).
Old 10-22-2004, 05:45 PM   #3
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If I actually start X on any of my servers, I use twm.

GO HERE!!!!!
Old 10-22-2004, 07:03 PM   #4
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I switch a lot. The only one I really avoid is KDE...despite being hugely configerable it never looks anything other than ugly. And it's SLOOOOWWWW. Other than that I use WindowMaker, Fluxbox (the devel version is smart), Gnome and Openbox depending on my mood. I play with other small window managers but don't stick with them for long.

What I really miss is the old BeOS Desktop Environment...why has nobody copied that yet? Or QNX Photon...that needs a clone on linux.
Old 10-22-2004, 07:38 PM   #5
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anybody know how dropline gnome is "streamlined for slackware" ? i seriously cant tell the difference besides the little star graphic that seems to be everywhere i look now what's my motivation to use dropline gnome if im running slackware? gnome has a lot of problems for me already(i mentioned this above, i dont know if it's common or not but its apparently a problem with the version of gnome that shipped with slackware 10. i still have the problem after changing to dropline though, but i dont know if dropline should have fixed it or not. anybody know whats up with this? is there a way to fix it? whats the deal?
Old 10-22-2004, 08:36 PM   #6
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Komakino, I do like you do. I switch from time to time. Right now I'm using GNOME. I like the way it is set up. I will also use Window Maker, Fluxbox, IceWM, even ctwm which is a good looking twm with virtual desktops.

I tried KDE this past week and it is just way too ugly and doesn't function like I want. Although I do most of my text editing in vim, kate is the best gui editor especially for multiple files. kshisen is a cool game that gets me addicted
Old 10-22-2004, 08:50 PM   #7
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I run KDE 3.2 on my Slack 10 desktop machine (2ghz athlon XP, 256mb ram, 500gb storage, GeForceFX5200) - it has a lot of nice features that I make good use of. It takes a little bit to load, but other than that it runs great. It's also quite pretty, if you've got it configured right. I'll post a screeny later. The only problem I have with KDE is it isn't very consistant with configuration stuff, and some of the k apps are buggy (K3b is great, but man.. so many issues).

I run Fluxbox on servers and my laptop - It's lightweight and does only what it needs to do. Most tweaking for it will be done through config files.

Either way, I'm a CLI whore down to my boots. Seems kinda odd coming from a KDE user, I know, but eh.. I'm also an artist, and since I have the horsepower I'll run KDE for my sexy clean desktop.


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