[LUNI] KDE vs. GNOME (vs. IceWM vs. FluxBox)
rjacobsen at theocc.com
Thu Nov 7 08:29:05 CST 2002
>That being said, I completely see the attraction of FluxBox. It really does
>load in 3 seconds, as opposed to 7 seconds for IceWM and a redwood's lifetime
Looks like most of us agree, it's all in what the user wants. I have not tried FluxBox or
IceWM, but have used both Gnome and KDE extensively, KDE being my preference
because of its robustness.
Maybe I don't mind waiting for KDE to load because at work I am in an MS
world where I have watched many redwoods go from seedling to mushroom food!
By the way, thanks to all who have provided information on IceWM and FluxBox.
I'll give them a look. 8-)
Steve Litt wrote:
> On Wednesday 06 November 2002 11:13 pm, lists at redboy.cx wrote:
> > On Wed, 6 Nov 2002 20:48:32 -0500
> > Steve Litt <slitt at troubleshooters.com> wrote:
> > > I see a couple things I don't like about FluxBox:
> > >
> > > * The tab attached to each window consumes more space than would a
> > > legitimate taskbar. I couldn't find a way to get rid of these tabs.
> > in your ~/.fluxbox/init, add this line:
> > session.tabs: false
> > I never got into the tabs eihter :P
> > > * Without a taskbar, it's time consuming to switch from one app to
> > > another. What's the secret for fast, accurate switches?.
> > Um, alt-tab? I guess that's not accurate. If you go into the menu, look at
> > fluxbox -> workspaces. It will show a list of open windows. I've never
> > tried, but you could probably edit ~/.fluxbox/fluxbox-menu to put that list
> > higher up in the menu hierarchy.
> FluxBox is really sweet, but in the end I went back to IceWM for the
> following reasons:
> * Easier inter-app navigation
> * The taskbar based CPU indicator
> * Quick access to the window menu via the Alt+Spacebar combination
> That being said, I completely see the attraction of FluxBox. It really does
> load in 3 seconds, as opposed to 7 seconds for IceWM and a redwood's lifetime
> for KDE. The "Minimal" style (theme) for FluxBox is aesthetically beautiful,
> easily readable, and suitable for long sessions. UMENU integration is as
> simple as putting the following in $HOME/.fluxbox/keys:
> Control 9 :ExecCommand rxvt -e "mm_startmenu"
> I figured out how to get rid of those space consuming "tabs", and then
> lists at redboy.cx gave me a VI method of doing it. It's possible that all the
> IceWM advantages except the CPU indicator could be placed into FluxBox
> without much problem -- I just didn't have the time.
> For anybody needing a seriously lightweight, but excellent, window manager,
> I'd highly recommend FluxBox. It's downloadable at http://fluxbox.sf.net.
> Linux Users Of Northern Illinois - Technical Discussion
> luni at luni.org
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