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What WM(s) or DE(s) do you use?

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What the title says.

Im trying to find one I like, but im thinking about trying windowmaker and openbox.

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KDE ftw.

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KDE, as of right now; hacked to my liking.

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I'm using GNOME right now, but I switch back and forth between KDE and GNOME for some time already.

I also used and like Xfce and might be using Enlightenment 17 at some point.

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Windowmaker atm, though I'm always looking for new window managers to play with.

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Re: What WM(s) or DE(s) do you use?
"Nihilanth" wrote:

What the title says.

Im trying to find one I like, but im thinking about trying windowmaker and openbox.

My first post in the thread was in reply to this thread's topic. I thought I would lend some advice in reply to your statement.

It is hard to tell or decided whether one window manager or desktop environment is better or best suited for you from another, from which ones people around you use. Why? Because people are different, and thus people who use the different desktop environments and window managers have different needs and ideas how a good desktop should be like, as do the people working on these projects. Therefore the people behind KDE have most definitely defined such terms as usability and accessability differently than those have who work on the GNOME project.

My only advice is, and this is to everyone, to try out as many as you have time for, or, albeit, bandwidth for. Each is different in at least one remarkable way (that's why they are different projects), some have similarities and that is one of the great features in the open source world, particularly in the GNU/Linux world: choice.

So I guess if you follow my advice above, probability suggests you'll find one that suits your ideas and needs well enough, and ought to broaden you respect of the others out there.

Cheers

Edit: actually, this concept could easily be applied to most things in life, including all the different distributions, different types of computers, the various programming languages; the different flavours of everything around us. Smiling

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e17 here. I like to see new features after each update Smiling .

If you're going to try windowmanagers, you should at least try ion (in version 2 or 3). I'm not telling you to like it or use it every day, just TRY it, and find out how different things can be, how big the range of choices really is.
I know someone is going to shout "wmi is better than ion"... so... well you can try that too :smt019

Other interesting windowmanagers are wm2 and wmx (almost the same).

And have you tried using good old twm? You get it with X!

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I completely agree with the "try it and see" approach explained. That's the best way to get to what suits your needs and taste best.

There are some standard profiles for some DE/WM's though that usually fit. For example one could recommend KDE to those who want a fairly easy to use desktop with good usability and alot of features. GNOME would be for those kind of artistic souls maybe because of its excellent skinability as well as alot of themes to choose from. It also appears even simpler than KDE and kind of cleaner.

If you want lightweight and one you'd configure by using command line and editing text configs then one of the *boxes would be for you (like fluxbox, blackbox, openbox). Enlightenment could also fit the bill here, but it is also great for those looking for "on the edge" graphical effects yet still retaining a non-canonical GUI (like KDE/GNOME) Smiling

Good luck
Daniel

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I've been using FluxBox for a while now and like it, I've tried E16 and didn't find it to my liking, someday I'm going to try Ratpoison, Blackbox, and Looking Glass (though I might need to get a better graphics card for that Laughing).

If your looking for one, they are generally easy enough to install, and try out, so I'd fire up your package manager, and install a few and try them out, there are many out there, so I'm sure you'll find it fun Eye

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normally xfce
but i mainly use my mac now Laughing out loud

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I would say, use ratpoison if you dont need a mouse (coding, browsing) but it wouldnt be that great if ya need one cos ure not supposed too!

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"onlinebacon" wrote:

I would say, use ratpoison if you dont need a mouse (coding, browsing) but it wouldnt be that great if ya need one cos ure not supposed too!

if i want using a mouse i would prefair a VT Wink

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"klepas" wrote:

KDE, as of right now; hacked to my liking.

Same with me.

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"pieman" wrote:
"klepas" wrote:

KDE, as of right now; hacked to my liking.

Same with me.

Give us a screenshot.

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I use Openbox

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I've used many graphical user interfaces and haven't found anything I like. For a while, I ran ratpoison since I did most work without a mouse. But soon I just decided it wasn't worth running X11 to be using a console shell.

Right now, I'm using KDE. I'm not sure why. The only real reason I use X11 nowadays is for web browsing.

Anyways, just try a bunch of GUIs and see what you like. Some GUIs I've used and liked in the past:

    Ratpoison
    Ion
    Enlightenment (both DR16 and DR17)
    Metacity (under GNOME)

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