View Full Version : [xfce] distros and window managers

March 28th, 2009, 07:10 AM
I have done alot of research on linux distros coming with a window manager like fluxbox instead of a desktop enviornment of gnome of kde. My problem however stupid it may seem is I dont want all the applications that come with gnome or kde. I havent found many distros with xfce i can make work so im not sure if that would be what i want. My goal is to find a distro that comes very close to just installing what i need to run a terminal and be able to go from there Im not entirely sure how possible this is but another thing i cant seem to figure out is how to get ahold of a distro that only has a window manager running like fluxbox or do they also come with extra apps any insight would be helpful. i no im asking for a lot (or is it a little) ? thankx

ps if one of the distros is out there for me to load it to my netbook it needs to be a livecd version that installs in the live mode. thanks again.

March 28th, 2009, 07:24 AM
custom install is the way to go, just grab a net installer and install the base then build up from there.

ubuntu> http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/minimal

March 28th, 2009, 08:33 AM
I fell in love with crunchbang linux (http://crunchbanglinux.org/) which uses openbox window manager and elements of your choice of Gnome,KDE,Xfce elements. I still prefer Ubuntu for ease of use but crunchbang is very minimal and faster. It is based on Ubuntu.

March 28th, 2009, 12:29 PM
I agree with pastalavista; CrunchBang is one of the better windows-manager based distributions (Openbox). It comes in either a Full or Lite version. If you are planning to install your own applications, choose the Lite version (which comes with only a few basic applciations like web browser, terminal, file manager, etc).

If you really want total control over every single application, though, a minimal install is the way to go. (In fact, that's how CrunchBang was created in the first place. :))

March 28th, 2009, 02:40 PM
For a basic Gnome interface:

March 29th, 2009, 12:55 AM
Thanks im gonna definately try crunchbang and there is a cruncheee that i hope works with my netbook since it is an Eee pc. Kerry_s what exatly is the debian business card iso. And can any of you give me a hint as how to go about having an easier time installing linux distros on my net book I dont have a cd rom drive I use UNetBootin usually but it only works on my net book when i try to install a live distro any hints?