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the linux window manager debate!

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by Hate, 6 Jul 2006.

  1. Hate

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,175

    Location: Sussex

    Right, now, I know the selection of window manager generally splits lots of linux users.

    Most of the crowd are familiar with gnome / kde and a couple of the more lightweight "pro" ones.

    My question is this, are there any more window managers out there that aren't completely basic, but are also quite fluffy to boot :)

    Its a shame theres no OSX style window manager out, or is there?

    I personally like gnome, what do you guys use / like ?
     
  2. Una

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Nov 2004

    Posts: 2,471

    Location: Reading / Lake District

    I use fluxbox or XFCE normally. KDE is too bloated, gnome is pretty decent though.
     
  3. Hate

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,175

    Location: Sussex

    anyone use XGL?
     
  4. AJUK

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Nov 2003

    Posts: 10,949

    When I first started using Linux I was an avid KDE fan, cold turkey from Windows brainwashing I suppose. Now, Gnome all the way.
     
  5. 900I

    Gangster

    Joined: 27 Jul 2003

    Posts: 336

    Location: Wakefield

    Used KDE for donkeys years, but now a Gnome fan. Also really like XFCE on older hardware.
     
  6. Doug

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,296

    Location: Newcastle

    Don't get me started, blasted Radeon X700 :mad:
     
  7. Dunky

    Gangster

    Joined: 16 May 2005

    Posts: 380

    Location: Glasgow

    GNOME mainly for me although my laptop uses Fluxbox. Fluxbox is great for small systems but I like the eye-candy of GNOME. I haven't tried KDE lately but the one thing that put me off was QT - made applications look horrible in my opinion.
     
  8. Mark JB

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Sep 2004

    Posts: 636

    Location: Kingswinford

    Gnome here although i have just switched to xgl and think its brilliant. It took a little configuration work using ati drives but it wasnt more than an afternoons work and now i couldnt be without it.

    :D

    Anyone know much about enlightnment ?
     
  9. Vonhelmet

    Caporegime

    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,107

    Location: On the hoods

    OSX is KDE, just all jazzed up with fancy extras.

    I use XFCE, and sometimes Gnome. I use fluxbox when I'm using my DSL USB stick.
     
  10. punky_munky

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,964

    I thought Safari was based on Konquerer but that's as far as it went?
     
  11. Augmented

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: London Town

    I tried XGL, but couldn't manage to get it working over two monitors (dual-head nvidia card). Switched back to Gnome not because of the dual-monitor issue, but because I found the abundance of animation slowed my productivity. I'm aware you can configure what effects are enabled, and the speed they occur. I found it simply too 'busy' to be working at as I'm switching between windows/workspaces very frequently and quickly.

    Still, it's a fantastic implementation and very smart looking. I'd happily install it on a media pc or such where you want to want to show off the interface.

    As much as I like XFCE, I didn't get on with it. Gnome suits me. Simple, but with enough optional bell-and-whistles and the traditional interface requires little thought to be able to dive straight in with it.
     
  12. Augmented

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,464

    Location: London Town

    They shared the same underlying engine - KHTML. Just like how Gecko is used by Netscape, Camino, Firefox etc. However Apple now have their own implementation for Safari, with Webkit :).
     
  13. BillytheImpaler

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 2 Aug 2005

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    Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

    I'm bloody addicted to it. I go to work and use a Mac and a few Windows boxes and I feel cramped in having one desktop and no spinning cube.
     
  14. punky_munky

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,964

    Desktop Manager for Mac does all the snazzy spinny cube nonsense.
     
  15. Mark JB

    Hitman

    Joined: 30 Sep 2004

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    Location: Kingswinford

    Indeed only having one desktop is like so 1990's :p
     
  16. riven

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Mar 2004

    Posts: 2,024

    Location: York

    I'm an openbox user. Whenever I try to switch, I always come back to openbox. It's light its fast, and its very configurable. My desktop consists of openbox, pypanel, conky and devilspie for a couple of things.

    One of my favourite things about openbox is it support custom keys and mousebuttons so well. On my MX1000 I use the horizontal scroll to switch desktop, which is just slick. The only feature I wish it had is workspace warping.
     
  17. MiggyMan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,325

    Location: #!/usr/bin/perl

    Im a windowmaker man myself, just like riven i've tried others and I just keep comming back :)

    I love the simplicity of just having a dock on the side, program icons on the bottom and nothing inbetween :)

    I run my system here at work with dual head but I use 2 seperate desktops rather than xinerama, both have their own set of docks and each gets used for differing tasks (i like it that way).

    Alas, I only have the one 20" tft at home (for now) :p
     
  18. Hades

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 25,740

    Location: Surrey

    Gnome for me.
     
  19. lovedaddy

    Gangster

    Joined: 2 Dec 2003

    Posts: 358

    Seem be the odd one out here

    I use KDE...

    KPart
    KIOSlaves
    DCop
    Nice app integration

    Ideal desktop to me...
     
  20. eatmuchpie

    Associate

    Joined: 4 Feb 2006

    Posts: 92

    I use KDE, and my experience with it has improved recently due to 2 new programs I installed:

    Katapult: Press alt+space and type what you want. You can tell it to put on a specific song, or show you a specific folder, or run a specific program, etc... very cool. It's in the debian repository.

    Kompose: Based on Mac's Expose, by pressing a button (or moving the cursor to a specified corner of the screen), the windows are tiled and shown to you. You then click on the one you want to focus on. Again, in the debian repository.

    Have fun!