Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Dec 2008 23:31 UTC, submitted by linuxlinks
Window Managers "Mainstream Linux distributions typically default to one of two desktop environments, KDE or GNOME. Both of these environments provide users with an intuitive and attractive desktop, as well as offering a large raft of multimedia software, games, administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, artwork, web development tools and more. However, these two desktops focus more on providing users with a modern computing environment with all the bells and whistles featured in Windows Vista, rather than minimising the amount of system resources they need. For users and developers who want to run an attractive Linux desktop on older hardware, netbooks, or mobile internet devices, neither KDE or GNOME may be a viable option, as they run too slowly on low spec machines (such as less than 256MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor). This article seeks to identify the best lean desktops for Linux, for users that have old or even ancient hardware."
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Another thumbs up for XFCE
by B12 Simon on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 15:47 UTC
B12 Simon
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2006-11-08

I've been using XFCE for most of this year both on my beige box and more recently my Acer Aspire One netbook.

I really, really like it. The basics are all there, the defaults sensible and it's very customisable if you're into that sort of thing (a bit of tinkering is about as much as I can be bothered with these days but I've seen some impressive tweakery on the internet).

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