Replacing windows XP at home.
andrewgould at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 1 16:27:39 UTC 2006
--- Jerry McAllister <jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu>
> > Joshua Lewis wrote:
> > >
> > > Would I be better off just going with Gnome
> or KDE? I realize once I
> > > start installing apps that I will probably
> wind up installing
> > > something that uses Gnome or KDE libraries so
> I am going to wind up
> > > bloating my system any ways right?
> > >
> > Look at them both and make a choice if you like
> > I tried both in the past, but found they were not
> for me for various
> > reasons, so I went looking, also tried Xfce as
> has been mentioned, but
> > I decided I wanted to try something really
> different from things that
> > seemed Windows like.
> > Tried WindowMaker and have been using it now for a
> long time. Here is
> > the url www.windowmaker.info if you are
> > As you requested lean and fast, little slow
> getting started, only
> > because it is very different in the approach of
> say Gnome, KDE, or Xfce,
> > but once you get used to it, works great. I also
> like dock apps, which
> > you can get more info at http://dockapps.org/
> Gee, I just use AfterStep. Of course, that isn't
> really an MS-Win
> environment replacement. It doesn't even attempt to
> be. But then I
> really do not want to have the look and feel of
> MS-Win. I want something
> more straight-forward and less icky.
> > Good Luck,
> > Sean
This is a good point here. Whereas it's good to have
something familiar for immediate productivity, it's
also good to explore different options to experience
benefits/drawbacks that you hadn't considered before.
In *nix (includind BSD's and Linux), you're not
limited to one window manager. You can install
several and use whichever matches your mood at the
I used to use KDE and Gnome simply because the menus
contained so many applications that were new to me.
Once I knew which applications I wanted to use, I
switched to XFCE because it's faster. I still use
XFCE for my office productivity; but I'm still
experimenting with icewm and windowmaker on an older
computer because they "feel" so much faster.
Definitely choose a window manager that will give you
a positive experience now; but take time to browse
*nix's other offerings. If you don't try new things,
how can you make an informed decision?
Andrew L. Gould
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