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Here's an idea.. I imagine many GNU/Linux (although not necessarily only GNU/Linux) users combine various elements from different window managers or desktop environments into what suits them most. For example you could use a panel from GNOME in a KDE (which would sure be a pretty weird combination to some maybe..)

Well, this is where you can post about your creative combinations...

Here's one I find to be pretty elegant. Since I like Xfce, but am still used to having a proper desktop with icons I decided to combine nautilus desktop from GNOME with Xfce.. It's braindead simple actually, as I just have to launch nautilus (without the --no-desktop option) and I'll have my gnome desktop icons within the cool Xfce interface. And it looks awesome.

So what about your cool desktop combinations?

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Nothing really. I always just stuck with KDE stuff (except for my beloved gtk apps) and now in GNOME, I'm pretty much happy with all there is. :smiling:

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I use KDE for desktop stuff except when seeing how E17's coming along.

I have used KWin with GNOME before.

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I think it would be a bad idea, think of all the dependencies and libs you would have to install :x

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"onlinebacon" wrote:

I think it would be a bad idea, think of all the dependencies and libs you would have to install :x

Hm.. well, why would that be a problem really? If you use a package manager that deals with dependancies it would piece of cake to install any component you need and then just combine them while combining itself requires no extra special dependancies.

For example, if you want to combine some GNOME components with KDE you can either install those components with dependancies that they have or just install both desktop environments in full and use whatever you need..

Except if you're on a source based distro without a package manager (like LFS) I don't see much of a problem there.

For me it's a great idea! Sticking out tongue

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A few weeks ago I used FluxBox + ROX Desktop. It was a pretty neat combination, though one did loose the FluxBox menu and the kicker, but it was nice to see icons and a light configuration center.

Since it needed time to configure it I've come back to plain old FB for the time being, but once I have more time I'll give it another shot.

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Here's another of what I'd call a "cool combination". It really is cool that we have such modularity with GNU/Linux and ability to make endless combinations just plugging stuff into each other. Laughing out loud

I borked my Xfce + nautilus desktop combination somewhat, and have also used kdesktop with it for a bit, but I am noticing that even Xfce4 isn't as lightweight as I may like, so I've gone about trying out those smaller, totally stripped out WM's like fluxbox, pwm, pekwm, wmi.. whatever which start and run awesomly fast.

However, I can't live without a desktop, obvisously and am currently a bit charmed by KDE look (probably mostly because of konqueror) so I took a light WM + kdesktop + kicker combination. After trying out few ones I'd say openbox works really well for that.

So, at the moment I'm using an openbox window manager instead of normal KDE window manager. I just first start plain openbox and launch kdesktop and kicker in it. You don't even know it's not real KDE, as it looks and feels like KDE except it runs much much faster. Smiling

So there's a way to speed up your KDE experience! Use it on top of a different lightweight WM. Smiling

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But the best part of KDE is KWin. Look what I can do with it!

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"a thing" wrote:

But the best part of KDE is KWin. Look what I can do with it!

Nice! How fast is that though? And is it possible to launch just kwin and then only some conponents that you need.

I'v tried putting it in .xinitrc file and then startx, but all I get is black. It doesn't help if I put kdesktop and kicker .xinitrc too (after kwin of course)..

How do you use it?

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