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Old 04-12-2004, 02:27 PM   #1
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window managers?

Hi there i am searching for Window managers in Linux.
I want the managers to require as little resources as possible. I want to give me the names of them or some link for searching more. How do i know what kinf of applications each manager supports?
Old 04-12-2004, 02:43 PM   #2
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When you say "window manager" you refer to the X window system, used by most distros. I suppose you are talking about desktop managers, like kde, gnome, etc, right?

Kde and gnome are the more resource-demanding managers. After that, you have window maker, which is very good and fast, and a series of boxes, like black box, flux box, open box, etc.

Applications supported can be tricky: I have kde, gnome and others installed, and my window maker can run kde apps or gnome apps. Kde can run gnome apps, and vice-versa. The bad thing is that you load their libraries and take memory, when you do that. It's a kind of superimposing tasks situation.
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It amazes me how little you still know about Linux,
mate, you've been hanging out here for almost
1.5 years :}

Go to, search for
fluxbox ratpoison icewm blackbox openbox
to name just a few very light WM's ...

As for the applications: if it's an actual app
any WM/DE will allow you to run any real
application as long as all required libraries
are installed as well.

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fluxbox! look at some of its features. the development tree is where u want to go
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