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freeflyer57
May 27th, 2008, 05:14 AM
So I have tried KDE, GNOME, Lookxp, and fluxbox. What other environments are there besides those and IceVM?

jpyanowski
May 27th, 2008, 05:17 AM
What are you looking for?

freeflyer57
May 27th, 2008, 05:18 AM
any kind of environment. It doesn't have to be light or anything. I just want to know what people think of other environments.

ladr0n
May 27th, 2008, 05:22 AM
If you want something completely different, try ratpoison
If you want something quite pretty (but not necessarily stable), try enlightenment aka e17
There's also xfce, which is vaguely similar to gnome, but a bit lighter.

freeflyer57
May 27th, 2008, 05:31 AM
I was checking out enlightenment and came across this.

http://www.elvenspirit.com/screenshots/Screenshot_423613_original.jpg

LeoSolaris
May 27th, 2008, 05:55 AM
I rather like FVWM-Crystal. It's in the repo, so it's an easy install.

I am not really partial to most of the WM's yet, but I have not exhausted my search either. Just use Synaptic to look up window manager. IIt will give to a slew of them, as well as a lot of other things so you will have a little sifting to do.

Fluxbox is pretty interesting so far as well.

Just my two cents

freeflyer57
May 27th, 2008, 06:01 AM
So as I was installing e17, and I messed up. Well I happened to notice that half of my computer is in German, while the other half is in English. Normally, it's in German. So now it's Applications -> Spiele (games). Naja. don't know if it happened during or what, but it's really weird and hard to get around.

Tux Aubrey
May 27th, 2008, 06:04 AM
If you want something quite pretty (but not necessarily stable), try enlightenment aka e17

The version available in the Ubuntu repos is a bit old.

To get the latest builds, use Rui Pais guide (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=546746):

I find the latest version to be very stable - especially without the more bleeding edge e-apps that Rui leaves out.

freeflyer57
May 27th, 2008, 06:08 AM
To get the latest builds, use Rui Pais guide:


I tried this, and I got a dependency error. So I moved on. At first I was doing it by hand, but I stopped and tried that method.

RedSquirrel
May 28th, 2008, 01:54 AM
Openbox is nice. :)

shrimphead
May 28th, 2008, 10:15 AM
on a related note, has anyone managed to get ede compiled under hardy?

urukrama
May 28th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Openbox is nice. :)

Indeed!

If you want to try Openbox, follow the link in my signature. You'll find all the information you'll need to get you started with Openbox.

atomkarinca
May 28th, 2008, 03:07 PM
If you want a decent E17 experience under Ubuntu I suggest openGEU (http://opengeu.intilinux.com/Home.html). You can install it as a meta package after adding the repository.

Other than that LXDE (http://lxde.sourceforge.net/) is worth trying I think. But to me Fluxbox rules.

rishabh
May 28th, 2008, 03:35 PM
If you're willing to deviate from the path of traditional DEs, take a look at Sun's idea of a Java-based 3D desktop environment:

https://lg3d.dev.java.net/

And of course, screenshots ;)

http://www.sun.com/software/looking_glass/details.xml

It's not exactly USEFUL as of now, but it might be later on...

atomkarinca
May 28th, 2008, 03:38 PM
If you're willing to deviate from the path of traditional DEs, take a look at Sun's idea of a Java-based 3D desktop environment:

https://lg3d.dev.java.net/

And of course, screenshots ;)

http://www.sun.com/software/looking_glass/details.xml

It's not exactly USEFUL as of now, but it might be later on...

I had tried that a few weeks ago and the packages were broken. Have they fixed that?

rishabh
May 28th, 2008, 04:34 PM
I had tried that a few weeks ago and the packages were broken. Have they fixed that?

Did you try the MegaBundle, the .deb packages or their repositories?
I'm downloading from the repos right now. I can check it after it installs and let you know in about an hour. :popcorn:

atomkarinca
May 28th, 2008, 05:37 PM
Did you try the MegaBundle, the .deb packages or their repositories?
I'm downloading from the repos right now. I can check it after it installs and let you know in about an hour. :popcorn:

I had tried their repositories. It gave out an error while installing (I can't remember right now) and I'm pretty sure it was a broken package error.

rishabh
May 28th, 2008, 06:17 PM
I had tried their repositories. It gave out an error while installing (I can't remember right now) and I'm pretty sure it was a broken package error.

The problem is a broken "postinstall" script. It tries to run "/bin/arch", which is nonexistent from Gutsy onwards.

It has been discussed in great detail HERE:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=3706336

UPDATE: I fixed it. (with the help of the above link)

Create a file in "/bin" called "arch" and add the text "uname -m" to it. Make the file executable. It should work.

atomkarinca
May 28th, 2008, 10:01 PM
The problem is a broken "postinstall" script. It tries to run "/bin/arch", which is nonexistent from Gutsy onwards.

It has been discussed in great detail HERE:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=3706336

UPDATE: I fixed it. (with the help of the above link)

Create a file in "/bin" called "arch" and add the text "uname -m" to it. Make the file executable. It should work.

Thanks, I was able to get that work. It seems nice but it's very slow. Or it could be that Fluxbox has spoiled me :)

Seventh Reign
May 28th, 2008, 11:35 PM
I'm partial to the standard Gnome, but have been checking out Enlightenment and Openbox lately.

This is what I love most about *nix. There are endless options for how you want your system to look and perform. How many choices do you get with Windows? 3? Pre-XP, XP, and Vista? ... and the differences there are cosmetic.

Aesir09
May 28th, 2008, 11:38 PM
gnome is just the best hands down.

its so nice and simple.

i am currently removing kde 3.5.9 and kde 4 core. very anooying and cluttering.

but kde 3 is alot better than kde 4.



use moar gnome!111

urukrama
May 29th, 2008, 01:05 AM
How many choices do you get with Windows? 3? Pre-XP, XP, and Vista? ... and the differences there are cosmetic.

There are a number of shells you can install. I rather like Litestep. BBlean/BB4win is popular as well. They just aren't as well known as the various DE/WMs in Linux.

TheIdiotThatIsMe
June 2nd, 2008, 01:44 AM
Other than that LXDE (http://lxde.sourceforge.net/) is worth trying I think. But to me Fluxbox rules.

I second LXDE, and they recently added repos (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=805334) so you can just add them and install, and get updates without much fuss. Pretty fast compared to Gnome, but have troubles with wireless under it (just need to find a good WiFi program, WiFi Radar doesn't work too well). PCManFM is a god send (although it's technically a seperate project, just included into LXDE).

Also you can install EDE, either through their install script on their site or there are .debs around on the internet but they're not the most (say only 7.10, but will install with no problem on 8.04). It's doesn't seem as polished though.

eriqjaffe
June 2nd, 2008, 04:39 AM
just need to find a good WiFi program, WiFi Radar doesn't work too wellI would heartily recommend wicd - I use it on my antique laptop and it works quite well. It's not in the repos, but they have a .deb package up here (https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=194573).