View Full Version : [all variants] Window managers for netbooks ?

December 4th, 2010, 06:30 PM
Hello all,
I would like to know what window managers have optimized versions for netbooks, or can be used directly and efficiently.

The reason I ask this is that I usually use KDE (on Kubuntu or Red Hat), but I recognize it's not so great on a tiny screen. I'm gonna get a netbook soon and would like some recommendations as there are plenty of WMs I've hardly ever heard of (Awesome...). Recently I tried a netbook with Ubuntu Netbook Remix or whatever it was called at the time. It was fine, but I wonder if there are alternatives, particularly for someone like me who usually prefers KDE (without apearing like I'm trolling).

Frogs Hair
December 4th, 2010, 08:24 PM
Have you looked at this . Linux peppermint is also nice for netbooks but doesn't use KDE . http://www.kde.org/workspaces/plasmanetbook/

December 4th, 2010, 10:23 PM
openbox w/ tint2 seams like a great choice for netbooks, that's the best screen usability i've ever found (the panel is not always on top which is exactly what you want on a small screen), you might not like it
here's a screenshot (i was using a asus eeepc 1000h)
i don't think you can ask for less resource usage as that

December 4th, 2010, 10:35 PM
I'd go for Openbox as well if I had a netbook. You really can't get more screen space than with Openbox, and considering how annoying most netbook touchpads are Openbox's great usability with keyboard comes handy as well.

Prepare to dive into some text-based configuration files, though. There are some great GUI tools for everyday configuration tasks in Openbox, but you'll most likely need some hand tweaking as well to get everything to work the way you like. So it might not be the best choice for everyone.

December 5th, 2010, 03:27 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.