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Old 08-26-2005, 05:01 AM   #1
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lightweight window manager - suggestions?


I've done my googling, but found that most of the opinion I was looking for seems to be out of date.

I have a basic P2 300 Mhz laptop with a 12" screen. I have been using KDE for years but realise that it really isn't going to work on this system and I need a smaller WM.

What would people recommend? I've been using Windowmaker for the last day or so, but as its soo different to KDE, I was wondering if there is a better solution or if I just need to adapt it to my needs.

As background, the laptop is for surfing, office use, mp3, occasional video, but no games. I'm not afraid of the command line, just find surfing using Links to be too hard - although I like using mpg123 for music!

What do you lot suggest?
 
Old 08-26-2005, 05:37 AM   #2
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xfce4
fluxbox
ratpoisen...
 
Old 08-26-2005, 05:42 AM   #3
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Matchbox, Ion.

Yves. (<- that's not a WM, that's me)
 
Old 08-26-2005, 05:51 AM   #4
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xfce4
fluxbox
ratpoisen...
Thanks

Is there any substantial difference in these or is it just down to personal preference - is it the same process as chosing your distribution?

Are there some of these which can't handle certain applications, or will all applications (hardware specs allowing) work on these?

thanks for any help
 
Old 08-26-2005, 05:56 AM   #5
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have a look at fulxbox, it uses about 4 MB (i think, if not less) as long as you fulfill the app's requirements, ie: qu libs, gtk libs, then the app will run in any window manager
 
Old 08-26-2005, 06:29 AM   #6
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There's also TWM .
 
Old 08-26-2005, 06:43 AM   #7
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Enlightenment is another good one.
 
Old 08-27-2005, 05:56 AM   #8
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I have been playing with Fluxbox, and it is very good!

I am assuming that if I start making it look much nicer than standard, its going to get a bit bloaty?

Also, I noticed while I was changing between different WM that many of them had different WM available on their menu's - does this mean that your choice of WM in a paticular family is nothing much more than a change of theme (diferent options on the menu but essentially the same program)?
 
Old 08-27-2005, 09:45 AM   #9
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No, those are options to restart your WM as something else. I personally prefer IceWM. No bloat, and pretty too.
 
Old 08-27-2005, 03:53 PM   #10
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I am assuming that if I start making it look much nicer than standard, its going to get a bit bloaty?
No, as most of the changes you would make are background, menu colours, transparency, etc - things already set. There are many nice themes for Fluxbox. Look at www.fluxbox.org for more. Also, this link will tell you how to go about using the themes you download - http://themes.freshmeat.net/articles/view/465/.
 
  


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