Linked by Adam S on Sat 30th Dec 2006 16:32 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Since it's year end, I thought I'd post one more "fun piece" for everybody. After Thom posted an article on his customized KDE desktop, I thought it might be interesting to compare desktop screengrabs and see what other OSNews'ers desktops look like. Are you cluttered or clean? Are you minialist? What's your wallpaper? Upload a picture to an online service or your own website and show off your desktop. I'll start: Adam's desktop (312kb).
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RE[2]: unix minimalism
by MacTO on Sat 30th Dec 2006 20:17 UTC in reply to "RE: unix minimalism"
MacTO
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2006-09-21

A true minimalist wouldn't even use a window manager.

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RE[3]: unix minimalism
by ma_d on Sat 30th Dec 2006 20:22 in reply to "RE[2]: unix minimalism"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

He'd type out the X11 functions to call himself?

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RE[3]: unix minimalism
by ojh77 on Sat 30th Dec 2006 20:22 in reply to "RE[2]: unix minimalism"
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2005-12-19

Just use GNU screen with out X - now that's minimalism.

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RE[4]: unix minimalism
by lydgate on Sat 30th Dec 2006 20:33 in reply to "RE[3]: unix minimalism"
lydgate Member since:
2006-12-30

then again, a dwm package (were anyone silly enough to package it) would definitely be smaller than a screen package. Screen 4.0.3 package on Arch Linux = 480 K. DWM full source directory with everything compiled (i.e., uncompressed, WITH source) = 228 K.

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RE[3]: unix minimalism
by lavish on Sat 30th Dec 2006 22:51 in reply to "RE[2]: unix minimalism"
lavish Member since:
2006-12-30

> A true minimalist wouldn't even use a window manager.
> Just use GNU screen with out X - now that's minimalism.

Well, I live in the real world: I use screen, it's a wonderful tool, but I don't see any reason why I don't have to use X. Shall I have to write my svg files by hand, or edit audio session using split? I don't think so.

I'm a concrete minimalist, I follow what is - for me - the most efficient and pleasant way to make things done

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RE[4]: unix minimalism
by MacTO on Sun 31st Dec 2006 01:53 in reply to "RE[2]: unix minimalism"
MacTO Member since:
2006-09-21

> Well, I live in the real world

I did operate with X and without a window manager for a few months, at least on my work machine. The work didn't involve very much, so the lack of a window manager freed up some screen real estate and ensured that the interface elements were always in predictable spots (the geometry parameter is a very useful tool).

I also setup a computer for my father without a window manager. All he wanted was a web browser and email client, and anything else on the screen confuses him terribly. Having Navigator launch full screen, without the possibility of other stuff appearing on the screen or of things moving around greatly reduced the burden of his technical support team (me). And it saved the aforementioned support team from being awaken at strange hours by the telephone.

To this day I regularly use screen and bypass X altogether. It is great because you can simply detach the screen, login to the machine from a remote site, and continue from where I left off. I understand that you can do that graphically with tools like VNC, but screen is faster and ssh is more available.

The minimalist approach may not appeal to everyone, nor is it useful in all circumstances. But it is a valid approach in the real world.

As for my desktop: in normal circumstances, I use whatever is stuck in front of me. Bouncing around between computers (including Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X) means that I cannot have a consistent desktop experience anyway. It also means that I would have to spend considerable time tweaking each system. So why bother?

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