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Re: [opensuse] What is the best ligh-weight window manager?
  • From: Will Stephenson <wstephenson@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:50:23 +0200
  • Message-id: <201009061650.23486.wstephenson@xxxxxxx>
On Monday 06 September 2010 16:08:45 Rajko M. wrote:
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
* 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 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.

Great explanation!

Will Stephenson, KDE Developer, openSUSE Boosters Team
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH - Nürnberg - AG Nürnberg - HRB 16746 - GF: Markus Rex
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