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Date:      Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:15:59 -0400
From:      Chris Brennan <xaero@xaerolimit.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Alternative windowmanagers
Message-ID:  <4E3C4F7F.7020506@xaerolimit.net>
In-Reply-To: <20110805191214.GA19848@kar.user-mode.org>
References:  <20110805191214.GA19848@kar.user-mode.org>

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On 8/5/2011 3:12 PM, Christian Barthel wrote:
> Hello,=20
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> I read on slashdot that Linus Torvalds moved from Gnome 2.3x to Xfce. I=
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> seems that he isn't thrilled by xfce, but it's far better than Gnome3. =

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> As a Gnome 2.3x user too, I am also a bit nervouse. Gnome 3 is a big
> mistake. And there are also rumors that Gnome will be Linux only. Maybe=
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> we will never see Gnome3 under FreeBSD, but this is not a tragedy :)
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> I am not very interested in eyecandy: I want a stable and fast wm (less=

> memory and cpu, quick access to important places), different workspaces=
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> and it should be configurable with ordinary files. Of course, It must
> run under FreeBSD.=20
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> I sniffed into AfterStep, fvwm2 and fluxbox (I don't want to use KDE). =
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> think, fluxbox is a nice wm and for my future, it will be the default w=
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> for me. It's also very fast and easy to configure.=20
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> Are there any other window manager worth looking?=20
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> What is your window manager?=20
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Christian,

I'm usually a fluxbox fanatic, but lately, I've been messing with other
WM's just for the hell of it. Never was a fan of Gnome, 1.x or 2.x and
KDE was just fugly as all getout. But that's just my opinion :D. XFCE4
was always my second choice for a WM, slightly more feature rich but not
bloated like Gnome/KDE. If you want to wrastle (yes wrastle!) with
gnome-lite[3], that could be a possibility for you as well (it's lite
because it doesn't pull in *all* of the deps of a full gnome2 install
but you can accidentily pull them in by installing something else)

I'm a minimalist at heart, even when I have to use Windows, I prefer
EmergeDesktop[1] over the default windows shell. So that said, Fluxbox
has always fit the bill as to being as minimalistic yet extensible as I
needed it to be when I needed it to be. If your *seriously* hardcore,
you can check out ratpoison[2] (good luck on that <evilgrin>)

To be perfectly square about it, I honestly went and installed all kinds
of Window Managers, Gnome, KDE (yes I still do occasionally try new
releases), KFCE, fluxbox/openbox/blackbox as well as a few more obscure
and less/non-maintained WM's such as e17 and the ever fabled e18/e19
beta builds and yes, I even tried ratpoison (just keep in mind that the
last news even for it was Dec. of '09.

Good lucj on your quest for a WM and maybe ... document it for us,
others might learn something from your trials and tribulations.

[1] http://www.emergedesktop.org
[2] http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/
[3] x11/gnome2-lite
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> Chris Brennan
> --
> A: Yes.
> >Q: Are you sure?
> >>A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
> >>>Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?
> http://xkcd.com/84/ | http://xkcd.com/149/ | http://xkcd.com/549/
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