Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Nov 2007 21:22 UTC, submitted by irbis
Window Managers "Linux has proven amazingly flexible: after nearly 10 years of use, I'm still impressed by how the Linux operating system does exactly what I want on any type of hardware. Desktop customization is no exception; from the ultra-modern KDE and GNOME window managers to with the likes of Fluxbox and AfterStep, there's a Linux desktop to suit everyone."
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RE[2]: -OT- RE: wm for a server?
by gilboa on Tue 20th Nov 2007 15:51 UTC in reply to "RE: -OT- RE: wm for a server?"
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I can name a number of Linux only features that doesn't have a direct Windows equivalent.

- True multi-user. (No, fast desktop switch doesn't allow you to have two concurrent users; I use it daily)

- True virtual desktops. (Even object desktop's Virtual desktop is far from being sufficient)

- Customizable shell, composing window manager, etc. (You have it partially in Vista and in XP w/object desktop - but both cannot really compete with KDE/GNOME/E17/etc when it comes to customization.)

- Support for low end machines without sacrificing security or stability. I still use my 10 y/o PII/366/256MB laptop.

- Seamless network integration. (Nope, remote desktop is anything but seamless!)

- Cleaner security module; I don't need an on-line anti-virus/work/adware/etc tools that eat up my resources.

- Package managers keep my system up-to-date and secure. I needn't worry about multiple msvcrt DLL or, a favorite pet peeve of mine - the dbghelp.dll! *Spit*

- Free. As in beer and in speech. Nobody is forcing an expensive upgrade down my throat. (My CentOS5 machine will most likely be upgraded when the machine will die...)
... and I can continue.

To each its own. The term "desktop" means different things to different people. For -me-, gimp is just as good as Photoshop; vim+ctags+cgdb+gcc+valgrind+man is better then VS2Kx; OO 2.3 is just as good as OfficeXP/2K3; Evolution can rival Outlook; I have enough native (and wine supported) games to keep me happy and wine/IE6 works just fine on the odd site that doesn't support firefox.

But that's me.

- Gilboa

Edited 2007-11-20 15:56 UTC

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