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Old 06-14-2003, 07:28 AM   #1
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looking for fast, simple yet good looking window manager


Hi all,

I have been toying around with blackbox, IceWM, and window maker as alternatives to kde and gnome... but I'm curious does anyone have any other suggestions to these?

I like the low resources blackbox takes up and it's speed but it seems a bit more challenging to get to the programs than kde.

I think ice is ok but not to my taste and window maker just plain sucks. (clunky and too out of date)

Basically I'm just seeing if there is something fast and nice looking like blackbox but a little more user friendly.

(since every kde upgrade gets worse on resources and I'm running mythtv which is a big hog anyways)

thanks,
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Old 06-14-2003, 07:56 AM   #2
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Icewm is so customizable that I'd just about bet you could make it more to your taste. I like both blackbox and icewm but am very happy using icewm all the time now. With a disappearing taskbar, I can easily navigate to whatever workspace I want and choose what program(s) I want--and the same can be done with keyboard shortcuts. There are at least a couple hundred window decoration themes to choose from for those moments when my eyes want something new...
 
Old 06-14-2003, 08:55 AM   #3
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Enlightenment?
Fluxbox?
Waimae?
E is very pretty, but is the reason for the devil coming into existance (esd)
Fluxbox is very nice and has lots of themes, features and options, it is easy to configure.
Waimae is meant to be a 'prettier' form of blackbox, it has transparencies etc, but the original blackbox themes don't work. This can be a very nice WM.
 
Old 06-14-2003, 08:57 AM   #4
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I use icewm instead of blackbox some time because I like the start menu bar where I can have the apps running. You can always check out fluxbox. That is based of blackbox code but has some extra features.
 
Old 06-14-2003, 10:23 AM   #5
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hmm... If I could setup blackbox with keyboard short cuts to run proggies. I'll check out ice again too, thanks for the input all :-)
 
Old 06-14-2003, 10:32 AM   #6
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There are dock panels and stuff availiable for fluxbox, with taskbars and things. As well as desktop icons if you want to go that way.
 
Old 06-15-2003, 06:29 PM   #7
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Hmph! No-one's mentioned my favourite yet! SawFish! If there's a particular aspect of KDE (like the kicker), you run it and viola, it's running. If you feel like being daft and running both kicker and gnome-panel, then go for it! You can edit the themes, you can give each window a separate theme, etc. It doesn't come with a 'panel' by default, but you can run almost anything else's panel instead.

Just a thought.
 
Old 06-15-2003, 06:36 PM   #8
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I used Sawfish when I first started out with Linux, way back in January.

I like it very much. It didn't come with the later versions of Mandrake and it seems not to be developed much anymore if I'm not mistaken. I followed a path of less resistance and took to using first blackbox and then Icewm. But I would probably use Sawfish some more if it were ready at hand.

Being able to decorate windows individually is a nice touch.
 
Old 06-15-2003, 06:49 PM   #9
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fvwm all the way, dude!
 
Old 06-15-2003, 07:19 PM   #10
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:side note:
Jonr, if yo still have your older Mandy install CDs, then you can install it from there - it should still work. If not, then look around for the Mandy 9.1 contribs - it's in there. I am affraid I can't point you to a mirror since I got mine on magazine cover DVD.
 
Old 06-15-2003, 07:30 PM   #11
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personally, i'd reccomend windowmaker, but then again to each his(her) own
 
Old 06-16-2003, 07:27 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by frieza
personally, i'd reccomend windowmaker, but then again to each his(her) own
I have to 2nd that. Window Maker has been my personal fav for a while now.

slight
 
Old 06-16-2003, 10:17 AM   #13
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XFCE!

XFCE4 just came out last week and its wonderful. Its got a gnome type feel, but no bloat or buggyness. Its light, but not too light. Its still got a File Manager and other little useful apps.

Plus, its beautiful, its done in GTK2.

xfce.org
 
  


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