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gymophett
February 7th, 2010, 08:29 PM
I am currently running a KDE desktop after an Ubuntu Minimal Install.
I love KDE, but sometimes, I get bored with my WM, if you know what I'm saying.
What should I try next?
XFCE, PekWM, Gnome Shell, etc?

MooPi
February 7th, 2010, 08:32 PM
Gnome shell is nice. I generally go for the spartan look of Openbox, but have a Gnome-shell box running that I find myself using more often. It is slick and eye catching.

falconindy
February 7th, 2010, 08:52 PM
Ditch the mouse. Try a tiler like DWM or Xmonad.

macabrem
February 7th, 2010, 08:55 PM
I am currently running a KDE desktop after an Ubuntu Minimal Install.
I love KDE, but sometimes, I get bored with my WM, if you know what I'm saying.
What should I try next?
XFCE, PekWM, Gnome Shell, etc?

I like Xfce. It should give you a good contrast to work with after using KDE.

malspa
February 7th, 2010, 08:57 PM
Openbox or Fluxbox.

SushiR
February 7th, 2010, 08:57 PM
Openbox is nice. Gnome Shell is interesting, too. Try both of them... :-)

mushwars
February 7th, 2010, 09:00 PM
enlightenment e17

If you really have the balls you will try sawfish ;) (when I first started using it I thought it was broken (it only has a mouse, and you get no menu with a right click or left click, you have to middle click or left and right at the same time to get a menu and open an xterm to start firefox.) <-- it is really light and fun ^^

you can start nautilus to get a background then killall nautilus and the background will stay.

malspa
February 7th, 2010, 09:05 PM
Hm, Gnome Shell does look interesting!

From http://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell:


The GNOME Shell is currently in active development and while many planned features are not yet implemented it is stable enough for everyday use.

Shark_AtK12
February 7th, 2010, 09:30 PM
I second xfce.

jenaniston
February 7th, 2010, 09:52 PM
Use of a "true" window manager can get you better performance especially for lower spec'ed systems.

I am about to try Xubuntu with an Xfce desktop . . .
but even though Xfce is a lighter user interface than Gnome and KDE - it is still a full desktop environment.

IceWM is a lightweight window manager that could be what I end up with on a Sharp laptop rescue mission,
as I am still trying to work out of a U9.04 portable USB drive OS in recovery mode root terminal.

That gnome desktop environment only works for a minute before freezing up,
but still glad for Debian Ubuntu to get me in to the root terminal to even get at the laptop hard drive 'broken" XP OS.

iggykoopa
February 7th, 2010, 10:45 PM
I second Xmonad. I just switched to it a couple weeks ago, it rocks :D

mister_playboy
February 8th, 2010, 08:45 AM
I'm running a Haiku/BeOS clone setup using Sawfish right now... I like it. :)

edgue
February 8th, 2010, 03:01 PM
I am currently running a KDE desktop after an Ubuntu Minimal Install.
I love KDE, but sometimes, I get bored with my WM, if you know what I'm saying.
What should I try next?
XFCE, PekWM, Gnome Shell, etc?

Windows 7 I would say.

Sorry for using the W word, but I am pretty disappointed with
all the options that I tested so far.

I used KDE for more than a year ... then I changed to gnome for
one simple reason: Canonical just spends more time on ubuntu/gnome
than on KDE integration. In addition, my company (and the people
that build our "internal add on" layer for ubuntu) put their
focus on ... yes, gnome; not KDE.

So the first thing I noticed: gnome just looks better in the
sense that fonts are nicer, windows look better. This might
only be for the stuff from our company ... but still: I just
installed KDE again just to see ... and wow, how crappy some
things look like.

But it took me only a few days to run into usability problems
with gnome / compiz that simply suck.

Try adding two panels to the bottom of your screen. Works fine.
But next time you restart ... they might switch their place.
Did some research ... and there is a bug ticket for that.
It is 7 (seven!) years old. First I couldnt believe that, but
then I saw that there are HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of bug tickets
for the "panel maintainers" alone. That is CADT at its best (worst?)

http://www.jwz.org/doc/cadt.html

Gnome shell is nice; but you cant configure anything in there
right now ... so its not of much use to me. Maybe it will become
a true alternative in the future.

Besides that, I tried xfce/xubuntu for some weeks. Its pretty
cool, as it gave me all the features I was looking. But
unfortunately ... my screen would freeze on me about once a
week; and when i unplugged my USB headset (or hibernated, or
suspended or took my laptop out of docking station) ... the
xfce volume mixer goes berserk. Happens with selected HW only,
so the developpers cant repro; sorry no fix in the near future.

So my conclussion after almost two years with Linux desktops:
they all suck to a certain degree.

I just hope that one day our company offers a "Mac" layer and
allows us to buy apple hardware.