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ctc
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:20 pm    Post subject: Looking for lightweight window manager Reply with quote

Hy!

I'm setting up my first gentoo notebook by myself and I'm on the search for a lightweight window manager. As my graphiccard is rather old (an 8MB ATI Rage 128) and I only want to run firefox/thunderbird/acroread and maybe some image viewers and xmms (all the rest I'll do in the console anyway) I don't want to emerge one of the big bundles (kdm, gnome).

I've heard about enlightenment and fluxbox? Experiences with them?

Other points that I'm looking for:
# Keyboard shortcuts
# maybe some themes to choose from - so that it's actually looking cool (background images, window borders)

Thanks for you help,
Christoph
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Abraxa
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The older Enlightenment (aka e16) is lightweight and nice, yeah. Same goes for fluxbox, though my experience with it is very limited.

Personally I'm running XFCE4 which is a great trade-off between KDE/Gnome and a fast & lightweight environment. It's a little more than just a WM but I'm pretty sure you'll grow fond of it really fast ;)
Keyboard shortcuts are very easy to change, too - you can define multiple profiles and configure them all through a GUI.
Themes... plenty!

If you want to use it, don't forget to emerge xfce4-extras, xfce4-icon-theme, xfwm4-themes and my favourite plugin for the panel: xfce4-taskbar (that way you can stop the XFCE4 taskbar and make XFCE4 look nicer by having everything in the panel)
http://gentoo-portage.com/xfce-extra has more stuff you might wanna look into, too.


-Soeren
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thorheimdall
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check for XFCE http://www.xfce.org, it is complete and offers a lot of functionnalities (themes and keyboard shortcuts).
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mrcs
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you don't mind pre-alpha software that isn't buggy at all, I'd go for E17. Lightweight, fast and pertty, I'm using it on my laptop and it rocks! And pretty darn stable for something called pre-alpha! No crashes yet for me.
Check it out here and here.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Desktop Environments to Duplicate Threads, see The "Best of" threads
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