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#1 sniper606

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 08:43 PM

Just curious, trying to make conversation. As I stated in a previous post I recently switched from Fluxbox to LXDE and I like it a lot because it runs great on my low end system and it just works great too. So what do you guys use for a desktop and why?

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 03:12 AM

usually crystal-fvwm or maybe its fvwm-crystal doesnt matter :p. obviously its fvwm so its light weight, but it doesnt look that bad and i like the silent hacker "recipie" as no start bar/left click menu just right click for terminal as thats all i really want..

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 01:57 PM

Ratpoison. Floating window managers are essentially dead to me at this point, tiling is far more efficient for my usage. I chose ratpoison because I prefer the hands on approach to tiling (as ratpoison lets you tile for yourself rather than having predefined tiling layouts) and because I already was using screen (which ratpoison is modeled after) for my terminal sessions. RPWS makes ratpoison even more efficient.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:16 PM

I dropped LXDE and went back to Fluxbox, it seems thaty LXDE gets sluggish after the box has been running for a few days.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:07 PM

I like Beryl as a Windows Manager with Gnome. Just because it's pretty, I guess. On a lower-end machine I love Fluxbox! It looks cool, and is easy to easy to navigate.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:49 AM

I use xfce4 primarily for speed and the motif theme. It works well out of the box, and it supports window compositing. Gnome is always a viable candidate. Other ones I like are fluxbox, openbox, and windowmanager(GNUStep).

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 02:52 PM

I use xfce4 primarily for speed and the motif theme. It works well out of the box, and it supports window compositing. Gnome is always a viable candidate. Other ones I like are fluxbox, openbox, and windowmanager(GNUStep).


I used to use XFCE because it was light weight and I have low end hardware but anymore its almost just as bloated as Gnome so I quit using it. I'm a minimalist when it comes to computing. My philosophy is keep it simple. I don't even use a gui on my FreeBSD box, don't have one installed, its headless too, no monitor, I access it with ssh.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:24 PM

awesome wm, when i used it for a first time, i was like wtf? how can this be useful? btw, now i can't use anything else. After awesome wm all others solutions seems slow and unpractical... try it, it's really awesome. if don't, then try again... you should like it.

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 07:55 AM

Fluxbox here too

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 06:54 AM

Always been a big fan of Fluxbox. I also have Gnome installed along with all the desktop effects but the novelty wore off years ago. I just like the no frills desktop with my transparent terminal from which I can do most things and launch all applications.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:18 AM

Openbox with Tint2

I've been using it for a few years now. Well, openbox. Before I discovered tint2 (maybe a year ago) I was using PyPanel. It's really lightweight. If I cut off some of my extra services from bootup (uShare, Tor, Polipo) I'll be at the desktop sitting around 80mb of RAM usage.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:57 PM

E17, gnome, ratpoison, cde when I have to. Its all good. Try them all.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:39 AM

I have used many different types of Window Managers but it seems that after using them all I am stuck on Xmonad. Im running archlinux and with the Xmonad twm running its super lightweight and works perfectly with my type of work. At first I couldn't stand twm's because i couldnt get my windows how i wanted them.. but after some getting used to there is no going back. xmonad ftw!

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:43 AM

i use gnome

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:55 AM

Backtrack 5

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 02:52 PM

unity , pretty nice on my machine

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 12:40 PM

I use GNOME classic. Classic because the current Ubuntu 11.04 has Unity and it kept reminding me of Windows 7 which I didn't like, so I switched it to classic.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:49 PM

yeah debian stable with gnome 2.3 or something

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:09 PM

GNOME to, couldn't get on with Unity. To be fair I gave up on it went it was first made default with Ubuntu, it's probably much more stable now, but none the less I like GNOME and see no reason to change.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:47 PM

I like tiling window managers like spectrwm. I also like iceWM. Its winoptions config lets you have a lot control over window placemant and size.

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