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Old 02-05-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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Window Managers...Have a few questions if ya can help.....

Hey all...really enjoying all this Linux (well, mostly...ahhh being a newbie has its pains).

Questions on Window Managers:

1.) Is there a big difference in CPU load amongst the various managers?
For example - Does E16 or using Compiz use more CPU resources than Fluxbox or XFCE? In playing a game like Doom3...will I experience a lower frame rate using a fancy eye-candy window manager? (Based on my AthlonXP, 512MB, nVidia MX420, etc)

2.) Is there a preferred distro to work with each manager?
For example - Does Fluxbox seem to all-around perform better with Ubuntu or openSuse? Is Fedora a better distro for XFCE? I understand that they all can work, but are there preferred distros that just Seem to work better?

3.) I have installed Ubuntu (once again, sheeeesh), and have used the Synaptic Manager to download and install the different managers. Is this not a good idea, as I read about E16 installment by NOT using this method...and I got Fluxbox this way, but when I changed to a new session and selected Fluxbox, nothing but a grey screen came up?

ANY help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Like many newbie to Linux, I have installed Many distros and getting worn out with all the options. Trying to narrow it down a bit.
Goal is to have an easy to upgrade and download packages, ala Ubuntu, have some good CPU speed available for games, but still have some eye-candy in the windows department, but not necessarily all the effects of CompFusion.

Thanks everyone in advance!! Look forward to hearing from you.
Old 02-05-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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1.) Compiz would definitely use more memory then e17 or fluxbox considering the 3d effects, and xfce is_not_a window manager, If you used compiz you would for sure lose frame rate, but the other ones it wouldn't matter
2.) It doesn't really matter, linux is a modular operating system, there is no strong preference for any of them and I repeat xfce is_not_a window manager
3.) its usually alot easier to install stuff through the package manager. The only things it really matters for is stuff like apache, and try right clicking in fluxbox, that brings the menu up


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