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intense.ego
August 23rd, 2008, 09:58 PM
What is the difference between the two? I sort of know, but I would like some clarity. Can any WM work with any DE (i.e. XFCE and e17)?

jjgomera
August 23rd, 2008, 10:10 PM
really, DE is a WM and:

-Control panel or same for such function
-Tools to configure graphically many functions, like wallpaper, fonts...
-Other programs, file manager, mediaplayer... installed and configurated to run in it.

So, a DE is more easy to use for a noobs, but less configurable and genarally needs more heavy resources

I dont know if is posibly run ANY wm in any DE, but sameone certainly do it, like openbox, or conpiz.

raul_
August 23rd, 2008, 11:47 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_environment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_manager

:popcorn:

intense.ego
August 23rd, 2008, 11:48 PM
Okay, but can you just take a DE (like GNOME, KDE, XFCE, etc) add a regular WM (like openbox, compiz fusion, dvm, etc) and they would be different from one another? (i.e. GNOME + openbox would be different than KDE + openbox)

raul_
August 23rd, 2008, 11:50 PM
GNOME + openbox would be different than KDE + openbox

Yes. But there is no better way than trying it yourself

intense.ego
August 23rd, 2008, 11:50 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_environment#Conflicting_terminology

:popcorn:

Fixed