Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Mar 2007 13:58 UTC, submitted by michuk
Window Managers "The performance of desktop computers increases year by year. This gives the programmers great opportunities to further improve the desktop experience of the users. However, what should you do when you have an old computer that is not capable of running the latest and hottest software? How can you benefit from the great software that is X.org when you can't run a desktop that takes advantage of its best features? No need for upgrading your PC, when you can have a usable alternative with the current one. Let me introduce you to Enlightenment E17 - the window manager with minimal hardware requirements that may amaze you."
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RE: Lightweight desktop reality
by Savior on Sun 4th Mar 2007 21:47 UTC in reply to "Lightweight desktop reality"
Savior
Member since:
2006-09-02

My thoughts exactly. One of the reasons for my switch to Linux was (aside from being free, of course) E17. It looked so nice, I just had to try it ;) But then I did, and as much as I liked it, I just couldn't see where it was heading, or rather, WHEN it will arrive there.

And as for "lightweight environment": I found that it does not really matter THAT much. Every application uses either Qt or GTK anyway, so there goes any attempt at being lightweight on the Linux desktop... Of course, I would never use Gnome with Nautilus handling the desktop on my laptop, but aside from that, it's really all the same.

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butters Member since:
2005-07-08

Even GNOME with Nautilus is pretty cheap nowadays. The big DEs have mostly figured out where they hog memory and have begun to address these issues. Nautilus takes 13MB on my system, just barely edging out the weather applet.

If you really like your "lightweight" desktop, then go for it. But if your reasoning is that you want a lightweight desktop, then either you're trying to make do with 256MB of RAM, or you're kidding yourself.

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Savior Member since:
2006-09-02

Even GNOME with Nautilus is pretty cheap nowadays. The big DEs have mostly figured out where they hog memory and have begun to address these issues. Nautilus takes 13MB on my system, just barely edging out the weather applet.

If you really like your "lightweight" desktop, then go for it. But if your reasoning is that you want a lightweight desktop, then either you're trying to make do with 256MB of RAM, or you're kidding yourself.


I am not talking about just RAM. I am talking about speed. I am talking about quick redraw. I am talking about seeing the borders of the window I am dragging only once, and not twenty times.

I can have 768MB in my Celeron (not M) laptop, and I do, but it won't make the thing fast. None of the problems above did I experience under Windows, at least not to the extent I saw when I was using Gnome. That's why I changed to KDE (and tried Enlightenment and XFCE before), and it's much better now, but I still believe that the main problem is the slowness of GUI toolkits, and that does not seem to go away soon.

P.S. I know there is FLTK, but I have yet to see a serious application that uses it.

Edited 2007-03-05 08:37

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