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Linuxhelp _ Polls _ What Window Manager Do You Use?

Posted by: Joey Dec 2 2003, 07:28 AM

What window manager do you use and why? Screenshots allowed!

Posted by: Corey Dec 2 2003, 03:14 PM

I'm going to be a pain and point out that KDE isn't a window manager, but rather Kwin smile.gif

Anyways, here's a few screenies:

KDE 3.2 with an OSX look and feel in Gentoo:

KDE 3.1.4 with a SuperKaramba theme in Gentoo:

Windowmaker 0.80 with my favorite theme, Blueheart, as well as TVtime in Debian:

Lycoris Desktop, I installed this distro to try it out:

Redhat 9 with Microsoft Outlook running, looks like a native linux app eh?

Posted by: chrisw Dec 3 2003, 04:41 PM

no window manager here...all command line

Posted by: hughesjr Dec 4 2003, 07:25 AM

@chrisw ... man, you are hard core wink.gif

(I even have Ximian Gnome 1.4 (and CDE) on my HP-UX 11.0 server...even though I don't use them very often).

I am a Gnome guy (metacity is the Window Manager for Gnome, for anyone who is wondering where it is on the list above).

Posted by: Corey Dec 8 2003, 04:10 PM

Hey, using command line only is not as hardcore as it used to be. I did some fiddleing around with my system, here are a few apps running in console for me:

Web browser:

IRC Chat:

And, with the amount of applications available for console (and directfb specifically), you realy don't need XFree86 anymore:

Movie Player: Mplayer/Xine
ICQ: licq (console plugin)
Web: links2 with -g parameter
TV: Xawtv's 'fbtv' or tvtime run in -directfb mode
Email: too many to count
IRC: BitchX, etc.

Posted by: chrisw Dec 9 2003, 04:39 PM

i found that even though i had X on my box and using it...i always opened a command prompt window to do all my configuration.

I found that you can jump around *nix systems easier when have done stuff through command it makes for a smaller install.

another thing is i totally install every thing from source.
UNLESS the software i want to use is only available through rpm or if there is lots and lots of extract crap that i need to install and if that is the case i just run my up2date app and it downloads the necessary dependencies/files....

plus i find it easier to work command line anyway....i use to do everything from X years redhat 5.1 days but ive come along way so there is no need for X anymore......

Posted by: Corey Dec 11 2003, 11:08 AM

chrisw, I think you would enjoy a Gentoo install. It really stands out from a lot of other distributions.

Posted by: Hemant Apr 3 2004, 06:27 PM

I remeber i voted for WindowMaker....But still windowmaker recieves 0 votes..this is ridiculas...give another chance fella.

Actually window maker is is very vast...very easily customisable...And is evolving very fast...
Excuse me..but i am going join window maker project....

Posted by: Robert83 Apr 3 2004, 06:58 PM


Gnome rulez over all, with free beer, and a lot of other stuff...yehaaaa

Robert B

Posted by: NeilE Jun 28 2004, 08:06 PM

Wot's dis do'n it wif a penquin thing?
Where I come from dat's illegal. LOL.

Posted by: russ_m9 Nov 24 2004, 12:31 PM

I like the KDE Desktop it has made my transition to linux much easier than i thought it would be but one day i hope to be able to gain enough confidence in myself to use only command line interface but that is a ways off for me right now.

Russell Morton

Posted by: beltucadros Jan 8 2005, 11:14 PM

im a fan of pekwm.
its fast its simple. And best of all there is no task bar by default so i can make it look just like the console and pretend i hae for consoles running

Posted by: hughesjr Jan 8 2005, 11:30 PM

What is up with all these KDE freaks smile.gif ... I switched to KDE for a month (as a test), but then back to my GNOME.

Posted by: Hemant Jan 9 2005, 05:05 AM

Well,i was a GNOME user,but i am using KDE since some 2 or 3 months...
It seems that GNOME people,are trying to hide every configuration option from the user.

On the other hand KDE is powerful,and very easily customisable...

Posted by: beltucadros Jan 9 2005, 12:34 PM

Even from teh start I didnt like the feel of gnome. But then again im just not one for a bloated WM/ DE. Which is probablly why i don't use KDE or Gnome. tongue.gif

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