Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Quick Search: in
Looking for new desktop environment. Tried several but...
View unanswered posts
View posts from last 24 hours

 
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Duplicate Threads
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
ajnabi
Apprentice
Apprentice


Joined: 21 May 2004
Posts: 208

PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject: Looking for new desktop environment. Tried several but... Reply with quote

I have been using KDE for about 5 years now. It seems that it always has some annoying bug such as the keyboard freezing up (fixed now), or the latest issue I've been experiencing - the taskbar at the bottom of the screen disappearing. At first, only the desktops and open programs wouldn't display (I think that's the pager?). Now the whole taskbar is gone.

I thought I would ask what others have used, that would meet my needs as encapsulated below:
1. I am command-line driven. I hate the mouse unless it is of obvious need (there is a place for mice - just not as the only option for making a menu/decision choice ...).
2. I like to be able to get anywhere fast (No several clicks to open and search google for something). The kio-server bit where I can type "gg:gentoo" and it opens a browser and searches for Gentoo is a nice feature. I would think this is doable in another venue than KDE.
3. Bloat is bad. I prefer lean, mean, and effective - customizable.
4. While I don't mind "reading the manual" so to speak, I am a busy middleaged person who only has so much time to devote to getting things up and running.

xfce4 looked good but there seems to be a number of flaky problems.

I know there are a lot of similarly asked questions, but I was hoping to get some specific Q&A going - to try and narrow down something for my specific needs. I have read and tried a number of options such as openbox, fluxbox, icewm... Maybe I am missing something that someone can help with.

Thanks in advance,
ajnabi
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
nixnut
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 09 Apr 2004
Posts: 10973
Location: the dutch mountains

PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try ion3 or even ratpoison :)
_________________
Please add [solved] to the initial post's subject line if you feel your problem is resolved. Help answer the unanswered

talk is cheap. supply exceeds demand
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Janne Pikkarainen
Veteran
Veteran


Joined: 29 Jul 2003
Posts: 1143
Location: Helsinki, Finland

PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Five years of KDE experience has probably teached you to rely on all kind of advanced functionality (Konqueror, KIO-slaves) not found on more light WM's. So as a foreword, you most likely will have some mental training to do. Whatever WM you choose to pick up, beginning will not be easy and certain tasks - such as transparent handling files over almost any protocol imaginable - might feel a bit painful at first.

Personally I like to fiddle around with different WM's a lot. Most of the time I'm also a KDE user, but every now and then I purposely choose some other WM for particular task.

If I need to

use some general-purpose desktop on a modern computer

KDE will be it.

use some general-purpose desktop on an older computer

Xfce will be it.

use shell a lot

I'll pick ion. It is very minimalistic and tedious at first, but after you grow up to its keyboard shortcuts, it'll became a vim of WM's. Very configurable, very much integrated with shells, very fast when you'll have to switch from one window to other.

Also if I'm using some laptop without a good mouse I might turn to ion as well.

use a lighter WM on, say, some older computer

I'll choose IceWM or flux/open/blackbox. In fact I'm typing this from Fluxbox. :) Especially the capability to put EVERYTHING to tabs is awesome after you get used to it.

demonstrate visual effects

Gnome with Beryl + emerald will do it for me.

Also e17 is very nice, even if it's in alpha/beta stage :)

Hope this helps you!
_________________
Yes, I'm the man. Now it's your turn to decide if I meant "Yes, I'm the male." or "Yes, I am the Unix Manual Page.".
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ejunkie
n00b
n00b


Joined: 07 Jan 2005
Posts: 58
Location: 127.0.0.1

PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about fvwm ?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Earthwings
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 14 Apr 2003
Posts: 7750
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Desktop Environments to Duplicate Threads. Common Threads
_________________
KDE 4.12 - Get It While It's Hot!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Duplicate Threads All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum