mrkvrg at acm.org
Thu Mar 26 15:48:18 PDT 2009
This message is an elaboration of Polytron's comment about starting different desktop environments/window managers using ~/.xinitrc. I like this particular approach as DE/WM can have its own customized setup which will not interfere with the other environments. Also it is very easy to add or delete DE/WM as needed. The default environment is the last DE/WM used. I've succesfully used this simple hack for the last three years:
# Name: ~/bin/stx
# Created: 2006-02-09
echo -n '
Choice of Desktops:
Select above letter (or "q" to quit): '
cp .xinitrc.gnome .xinitrc
cp .xinitrc.kde .xinitrc
cp .xinitrc.twm .xinitrc
exit 2 ;;
error_message=" Invalid Selection!"
echo "^G" ;;
Hope this may help.
On Wed, 25 March 2009 23:17:51 Jesse Feinman wrote:
> I am planning on using FreeBSD on a new computer i am building but i
> would like to know if there is a way that i can install multiple
> desktop environments and easily switch between them, preferably
> without restarting. The primary purpose for this is to gain complete
> functionality over the system utilizing all possible tools and also
> to evaluate the different environments to determine which one works
> best for me.
> Lastly, i am wondering how Compiz-fusion would interact in this case
> because to my knowledge Compiz is essentially an add on to the KDE
> and Gnome environments and i am wondering as to how it would function
> if i were to switch desktops constantly.
> Thank you for your time,
> Jesse Feinman
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