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Poll: Do you use a Desktop Environment?

Do you use a Desktop Environment?

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#1 Elzair

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 06:06 PM

I remember reading an article on londongeek.org (currently down) a while ago about Desktop Environments that basically boiled down to 'real *nix people just use window managers.' I kind of took that to heart, and I have just been using Fluxbox for about a year. However, I would like to see what the community has to say on the subject. To the people who use Desktop Environments, do you feel that the added features are far outweigh the heavier requirements and bloat. To the people who do not use Desktop Environments, do you not use them because they are more demanding on your system, do you not use them because you feel that integration is a bad thing due to either security concerns or a belief in the old Unix philosophy, or do you feel that they are simply not worth it.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 06:30 PM

i *heart* gnome. i don't much care for those minimailist enviroments all the "1337 h4x0rz" claim to use, and my machine can handle it quite well. tons of features, super easy to use.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 06:40 PM

I use fluxbox. The GUI is there only to launch the applications I want and nothing else.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 06:43 PM

my vote is for Xfce... it's just so damned sexy.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 07:02 PM

I use Flux with light weight addons like pogo and ROX for when I really need a filer, which isn't very often. I've always got a lot of term windows open, so fbpager helps out too.

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#6 Dexter Douglas

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 07:42 PM

Fluxbox boiiii!

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 08:09 PM

Gnome, well Red Hat's version of it Bluecurve. Also at work there are tons of HPUX systems/workstations and those have CDE.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 08:18 PM

I use fluxbox because it's lightweight and doesn't eat up memory like KDE does.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 08:31 PM

KDE here, been using it for a long time, never changed to anything else i guess.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 08:36 PM

I use KDE simply because I am in the process of transitioning from Win2K and didn't quite feel ready to make the leap in the deep end of the pool without some life preservers.

Also, being that I am a pretty big gaming nerd :blush: my systems are generally capable of running everything you can throw at them.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 02:26 AM

fluxbox <3<3 fbdesk <3 bbpager and the slit <3

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 07:24 AM

i use kde
dont like gnome

also in slackware or any other distro how would i switch between them
"all of them" i would like try others to see if i like them better.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 08:17 AM

In slack use xwmconfig

#14 Elzair

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 11:06 AM

I am not sure about the proper way to switch between Desktop Environments, but if you just wanted to use the window manager fluxbox (or any other one that you have installed) you would just need to have the following to the .xinitrc file in your $HOME directory:

#!/bin/sh
xterm & #if you want a command line to appear at start-up
exec fluxbox #replace with whatever window manager suits your fancy.

To execute a Desktop Environment that you have already installed, you should replace 'exec fluxbox' line with the script to start the Desktop Environment. For GNOME you would use
exec gnome-session
and for KDE you would use
exec startkde

For installation help, just go to the home pages of the various Desktop Environments and Window Managers that should be easily found with a Goggle search.

Edited by Elzair, 13 March 2005 - 09:12 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2005 - 11:25 AM

I use kde mostly, cause everything simple as shit in it, and I generally find K(somethign) apps very useful. I use fluxbox for a bit every now and then. Been playing around with looking glass recently.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 11:59 AM

Been playing around with looking glass recently.

looking glass... the 3d desktop thing that Sun is doing?.......i didnt think it was out yet :)

how is it?

Edited by TelcoBob, 13 March 2005 - 12:00 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2005 - 01:57 PM

i use kde for every day stuff, and fluxbox when doing anything that is likely to tie up a lot of system resources.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 02:10 PM

gnome + openbox

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 02:41 PM

WindowMaker! :D

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 04:15 PM

i didnt realize that there were that many people using linux on here, cool!!




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