[Chugalug] Have you tried KDE lately?

James Nylen jnylen at gmail.com
Sun Oct 13 17:40:45 UTC 2013


I like xmonad (tiling window manager).  It's configured in Haskell, which
warps my brain a little, but I like the concept of always using all the
available screen space, and once I have it configured the way I want it's
rock solid.


On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM, Dan Lyke <danlyke at flutterby.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:35:42 -0400
> Randy Yates <lpcustom at gmail.com> wrote:
> > CLI is great unless you need to visualize something you are working
> > on. For instance, OpenGL games would be difficult to write using
> > nothing but the CLI. Web design is another work related aspect that
> > you still need a GUI for, just so you can see how your site is
> > looking to anyone visiting it.
>
> But I think the point is that the widget set of the larger windowing
> system is largely irrelevant. I start programs that open windows,
> I alt-tab between those windows, and use those programs. I have a
> couple-pixel wide border on them for resizing them, and a menu bar for
> grabbing and dragging them, but beyond that...
>
> I've been a GTK widget set user for years, so I kind of headed the Gnome
> direction desktop-wise. I use Xubuntu, which tends to drag in
> Gnome components, but frankly if I could wipe all traces of the Gnome
> keyring manager, of the Gnome inter-app communications bus management
> stuff, of all of the rest off that Gnome crap off my computer, I'd be
> happier.
>
> I suspect that I have a similar beef with KDE. The Qt widget set? Yeah,
> sure, widget sets are fine. KDE itself? Don't care.
>
> I'd be as happy with FVWM2 managing my workspace and applications. In
> fact I'd probably be happier, it's just a pain in the ass to get my
> distro to drop all of that extraneous crap, and I'd have to do it again
> next time I upgraded my packages.
>
> So I tell it to use Metacity or XFCE or whatever "lightweight" window
> manager it wants, try to shut off as much of the bars and pop-ups and
> notification scrollers and whatever as I can, and live with the CPU and
> memory drain.
>
> With a sigh.
>
> Dan
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