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Re: [opensuse] What is the best ligh-weight window manager?
  • From: "Rajko M." <rmatov101@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 09:08:45 -0500
  • Message-id: <201009060908.45547.rmatov101@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Monday 06 September 2010 05:41:29 arygroup@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

No I'm not sure if it's really faster it IceWM
that at KDE. Need more tests at this motherboard.

In general lightweight window manager will help only under limited
circumstances:
* Your graphic card is old, so it is slow with desktop effects and other parts
of theme that is used in KDE or GNOME; lightweight theme with square-ish
window decorations, flat colors (no color gradients), no background images, no
effects can help.
* Your CPU can't compensate graphic card lack of features.
* You have little RAM. Default installation of 11.3 with KDE4 on older 32 bit
computer takes only 170MB to run. There is not much that you can save with
smaller window manager. You will have to turn off all services (demons) that
are not essential, which is pretty much openSUSE default.
* You don't need many background services offered with modern desktop
environments (DE) that we take for granted, but also modern applications
expect to find.
* Your applications are lightweight too; anything that is modern and does
complex tasks will negate any advantage of small window manager. Tens of
megabytes of Firefox or OpenOffice.org still have to be loaded with all
libraries and window manager can't speed that up. Besides, if you not use
desktop environment (DE) every application will load its libraries and you can
end up with more memory consumption then with DE.

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Regards,
Rajko
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