> Personally, I've taken to using fluxbox. It does what I want it to do
Fluxbox is great. I run it on my Lappy. This is good since it's Compaq
233mhz (I upped the FSB via mobo jumper), the bios can't see all the
ram, and the amount of time I'd spend waiting for KDE/Gnome to load on
such a box would allow me make coffee.
If eye candy is your thing, I've found XFCE is another wm, which loads
relatively quickly and still has all the icons and task bars and stuff,
which gives the illusion of a predicated desktop environment.
> Gnome and KDE have far too many features
> not everyone uses. Ever considered if you really use *all* of those
> processes that Gnome and KDE need to run before you can do anything? The
> odds are, you don't.
Yeah, but, chances are if you want your girlfriend to use Linux, all
that eye-candy, (and yes the candy you bought her for her birthday),
help with the over all ... what VB heads call "look n' feel" which is
important when you talk about people who spend 40 minutes deciding on
whether their ear-rings match their dress.
> Now consider this, would a more minimalistic wm, such as
> fluxbox/blackbox/sawfish or even twm (for the traditionalists) not be
> just as good for someone who just uses a wm to run a few xterms and a
> browser? I would argue yes.
Yes, I'd generally subscribe to your plug for the minimalist motif, with
a few caveats/appendations.
Not xterm but aterm, I like it, it has all the eye-candy features of
gnome-terminal but, none of the CPU/memory hog issues.
aterm -tr -trsb -fg white -sh 40 -sl 2000 -font lucidasanstypewriter-12
Also use firebird it's gecko, like mozzy but, for some reason it seems
to be 'much' kinder on my lappy's cpu.
Again. Compare the bootup time of my Gentoo box, running fluxbox and
only running services I have told it to run, to the Windows 2000 install
on my box (an install likely to be nuked out of sheer principal sometime
soon) and there's no comparison at all... I can be listening to mp3's on
xmms with Angelina Jolie seductively peering at me from my translucent
aterm, in about the same time as it taks w2k to present the login
Yes I could run Gnome/KDE and redress the balance in flavour of Windows,
but the same can't be said the other way around perhaps with the notable
exceptions of running a different shell in Windows then explorer Oo
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