> On Fri, 09 May 2008 07:30:43 -0400
> Dave Phillips <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> tim hall wrote:
>>> I have reverted to using OpenBox as WM rather than the Leviathan GNOME
>>> desktop. Basically because GNOME is so s l o w on this machine (1GHz
>>> CPU + 256M RAM), it was actually affecting my productivity. There are
>>> some convenience functions that I miss, but mostly it's just a relief to
>>> be back on a more lightweight and customisable desktop.
>> Both machines here are hefty enough to handle GNOME, KDE, or any other
>> desktop environment. Nevertheless, I always ditch the default desktop in
>> favor of a more lightweight solution. I think the modern Linux desktop
>> is a wonderful thing for new users and people who do not want to squeeze
>> every nanoparticle of performance they can get out of a machine. Alas,
>> for me it's just more stuff in the way.
>> I used Blackbox for a long while on my Planet CCRMA systems. I now use
>> Fluxbox on 64 Studio and JAD. I tried e17 (or whatever version it was),
>> thought it was nice but filled with knick-knacks & gewgaws unnecessary
>> for my purposes. Fluxbox now rules here.
I have no need for panels,
>> meters, or anything other than a pop-up menu for my app selections,
>> though I imagine that all that stuff will work well with Fluxbox too.
>> I'm sure you're aware that 265 MB is a rather miniscule amount for
>> running something like GNOME on a 1 GHz CPU. More RAM is always a nice
> For what it's worth, I've been running ROX on 64studio for, well as
> long as I can remember knowing about 64studio
> Originally I use OroboROX for the wm but about a year ago I switched to
> OpenBox, and never regretted it.
> There are only two permanent features on my desktop, qjackctl & gkrellm
Is there really the need of special panels for smaller WMs? Why not
using another kind of windows management as the familiar kind.
Today I'm using 64studio with KDE/KWin but with my old hardware I have
been pleasant with Ion2. IMO: I don't think that there is the need of
panels because it's possible to use tabs while everything is within the
frames instead of regular windows. Things like hardware monitoring are
possible by a terminal emulation running e.g. top by e.g. Tilda or
Yakuake appearing after pushing an F-key. There are only a few
applications that will be finer with a classic WM but most are
comfortable to work with. If there is no need to have an especial
comfortable DE and GNOME, Fluxbox etc. seems to me not to be such DEs, I
always would try Ion2. The only DE with maximized comfort seems to be KDE.
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