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Old 05-12-2006, 09:49 PM   #1
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GUI: Need help selecting

Trying to get away from SuSe 9.3 (I don't want to buy the upgrade, plus SuSe is a bit of a RAM hog, apparently. Slow as hell), and have pretty much decided that what I want, I'm going to pretty much have to make. But, thats beside the point: I'm looking for a GUI to replace KDE. Gnome doesn't like my comp (plus I actually do prefer a more Window's-like enviroment. Me and Mac don't like each other much, though I respect it).

I've looked into Fluxbox, Blackbox, Openbox, Enlightenment, and XFCE4, and my major question is this (Google didn't help me much on figuring out what there was out there):

What is a good, lightweight, customizable (Themes, placing icons on desktop if possible would be semi-nice), and versitile. I've only found those that I listed previously, and cann't make my mind up on which one would be better, hence I'm curious what all else is out and about.

Gnome and KDE are a bit bulky, and personally I'd like to try to keep the system as small, but as versitile as possible.
Old 05-12-2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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I like IceWM. No desktop icons, but a Windows-like taskbar. Very small and light.

The default theme is this one.

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Old 05-12-2006, 10:01 PM   #3
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Well out of the ones listed, only XFCE4 has built in support for desktop icons with the others requiring external programs. Openbox is very clean and well done, I'd suggest Openbox as it has what you're after and you can also install obconf which is a nice GUI to configure it a little. In the way of desktop icons you could look at iDesk or there are adesklets (shameless plug - mine ) or gdesklets that will draw desktop icons for you

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Old 05-12-2006, 10:29 PM   #4
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Thanks. IceWM I'll have to look into, missed it in my previous scroungings, and I'll see about Openbox and XFCE4

One question somes to mind: Blackbox, Fluxbox, and Openbox all run off the previous one, don't they? What can you tell me about their stability?

Same goes for IceWM and XFCE4, if oyu don't mind.
Old 05-13-2006, 11:13 AM   #5
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XFCE4 - Unstable for me. Nice features but parts of it tend to crash.
Fluxbox - Stable, but a few very minor persistent bugs. My second choice.
IceWM - Stable. One minor bug that I'm aware of.

Can't speak for the others.

The decider for me between Fluxbox and IceWM is snap-to-edge window movement in IceWM. I hate having to line up windows to the screen edges, or to each other, manually.


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