Whats the fastest Windows 2000 like Window Manager ??
judmarc at fastmail.fm
Mon Jul 26 09:45:22 PDT 2004
On Mon, 26 Jul 2004 08:45:02 -0700 (PDT), "DK" <asdzxc111 at yahoo.com>
> Hi all,
> I just installed FreeBSD v4.10
> I would like to install a basic FAST Windows 2000 like Window Manager
> that "ONLY" has:
> - Basic FAST GUI
> - MS Notepad like Editor
> - MS Windows Explorer like File Manager
> I am setting this up as a test web server with Apache etc...
> I want very BASIC Windows like GUI with a GUI Text Editor(NOT VI, more
> like Notepad) to edit
> configuration files etc AND a Windows Explorer like File Manager to move
> files easily around &
> from the CD(ie. NOT command line stuff!)
> My System:
> Pentium 200Mhz
> 128MB SDRAM
> 16MB PCI Creative Graphics Blaster Riva TNT
> 10 GIG HD
> I have Windows 2000 installed on the Primary Boot partition & that runs
> VERY fast
> (compared to FreeBSD + KDE or GNOME)
> Any suggestions/help is greatly appreciated :))
What you want is attainable, but not in the form you're asking for.
Linux distros aimed at the former Win user like Mandrake, RedHat/Fedora,
etc., have obscured what was once a clear divide between the Win
(all-in-one) and *nix (an application for each task) way of doing
things. Packages that include window managers, file managers and
editors are pretty well restricted to the two big "desktop
environments," GNOME and KDE. However, there is a different and fairly
easy way to attack the problem, using individual pieces that together
will do what you want.
The "leanest" desktop environment for Linux/Unix/FreeBSD is XFCE4. It
includes a window manager and a file manager, is fairly easy to use, and
is much lighter on resources than GNOME or KDE. That leaves editors.
Preferences among editors can be the stuff of flamewars, but I'll don my
asbestos suit and say that nedit seems to me to be fairly lightweight
and easy to use.
If you want to assemble your "package" from 3 pieces rather than 2, then
some choices you might consider are:
Window Managers -
- Blackbox/Fluxbox/Openbox: Blackbox and variants, minimalist but
adequate, lightning-fast and easy enough to use if you can right-click.
- Icewm: A bit less minimalistic than the -boxes, still fast. I found
configuring icewm to my liking a bit more difficult than it was with the
File Managers -
- Rox-filer: Nice, fairly intuitive, simple lightweight GUI file
Re: editors, I've already mentioned nedit.
Also - I know you didn't ask, but if you want to use a browser, Opera is
small, fast and works very nicely.
I'm sure others will have various suggestions in all these categories.
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