Old 29th September 2009, 00:03   #1
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Best Unix desktop

What do you consider the best desktop for the Unix environment ?

What do you consider the best desktop for the Unix environment - that uses the least amount of system resources ?

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Old 29th September 2009, 00:48   #2
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Gnome for best.
xfce4 for lightness while maintaining function.
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Old 29th September 2009, 02:42   #3
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Right now I'm using LXDE (which uses Openbox) as a window manager for Linux Mint Gnome. I find LXDE to be faster than Xfce.
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Old 29th September 2009, 06:27   #4
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LXDE is much faster than XFCE, but XFCE seems just as sluggish to gnome for me. Although I can't stand the look of LXDE.

I'm currently playing with openbox + fbpanel

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Old 30th September 2009, 00:31   #5
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Is LXDE still under active development ?

and

Is LXDE well documented ?

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Old 30th September 2009, 04:56   #6
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LXDE is new, so I assume it's still underdevelopment.

http://lxde.org/
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Old 1st October 2009, 17:36   #7
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If you want least resources, then look into fluxbox.

Though I would not consider fluxbox to be anywhere near a favorable desktop environment.
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If you want least resources, use twm

I'm staying out of the Unix wars thread, however.

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Old 1st October 2009, 18:59   #9
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XFCE with openbox instead of XFWM is pretty decent on this old PC. Better than openbox + fbpanel. I realized that turning off the XFCE composition manager was what was making it so slow. (I must have enabled it accidently.) fbpanel is buggy (at least the verison in the repos I'm using is).
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If you want least resources, use twm
That's almost not a gui, but I've used that quite a few times......... I remember back in the time before they invented round wheels, where it was the defacto WM.
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Old 10th October 2009, 12:41   #11
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Best Unix desktop

I think that Gnome is the best desktop.
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Old 10th October 2009, 13:23   #12
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Oh god, linux on the desktop is a nightmare (speaking as someone that uses it at work)

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Old 10th October 2009, 17:00   #13
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I run about half of xfce -- no panel or anything, I just like the way xfwm functions.
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I don't know if it matters much really because for most of the software out there the applications you are running are going to want to load gnome or kde libraries to function.

You can sort of cut your losses by using apps that are written for the desktop you have. i.e. amarok uses kde libraries... rhythmbox uses gnome libraries..

Escaping gnome or kde will be not escape library loads. I think you can get some incompatibility problems that way too.
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Old 11th October 2009, 00:48   #15
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Old 11th October 2009, 15:04   #16
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The one bad thing about XFCE is it does not natively support remote smb mounting. The Thunar file manager used to support remote mounting but that feature was nixed. The only viable solution is to use pyNeighborhood.

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everything involving mounting filesystems for me is done on the command line.
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The one bad thing about XFCE is it does not natively support remote smb mounting.
I agree with ^.

mount -t cifs //ntserver/download -o username=mywindowsname,password=myPassword /mnt/ntserver

Stick it in a script someplace so it loads when you log in.

I think all of the gui utils for this are screwy.

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The days when linux was so unfriendly that you had to do that are really gone.
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Old 12th October 2009, 22:45   #19
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I just hope that the idiots at SCO don't screw up things with Linux and Open Solaris. It's amazing what greed can do.

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I thought the only SCO case remaining (after SCO lost and entered bankruptcy) was concerning damages they have to pay Novell. My impressions were gained from a casual reading of the "trades". Maybe I have the wrong impression?

It sort of looks to me like SCO's reason for being became to sue. It's result was to lose almost every case.

Not being able to get a ruling that GPL was unconstitutional was about the last nail.

SCO is now in Chapter 11 and being administered by a trustee. I think SCO is over. At least as far as litigation goes.

Here is an article from cnet back in November:

Ding Dong SCO is dead

http://www.google.com/search?q=Ding+...rlz=1I7ADFA_en
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On August 24, 2009, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its findings on the appeal of the 2007 summary judgment. It affirmed the judgment on royalties due, while reversing the summary judgments on ownership of UNIX and UnixWare copyrights, SCO’s claim seeking specific performance, the scope of Novell’s rights under Section 4.16 of the APA, and the application of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing to Novell’s rights under Section 4.16 of the APA. The reversed judgments were remanded to trial.

SCO is like a bad rash, they keep coming back and chaffing you more. I wish they would hurry up and freaking die.

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Interesting, but reversing the summary judgement probably won't affect a finder of fact determination of the case and SCO still owes Novell 2.5 million in royalties.

The court even said there was reason "to discount the credibility, relevance, or persuasiveness" of SCO.
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Darl McBride Fired, Litigation Continues

Darl McBride. It's the guy everybody hates. Well, he is no longer in charge of SCO, the UNIX vendor who relentlessly litigated against Linux vendors: he has been fired as part of the Chapter 11 restructuring plans for the company. Sadly, the litigation does not end with him, as SCO's new leadership has said in a statement they will continue the litigation.

http://www.osnews.com/story/22366/Da...tion_Continues

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I don't see how this could result in any sort of win for SCO, with the judgement in favor of Novell remaining, a pending lawsuit against SCO by RedHat in which RedHat will probably prevail. A responsible trustee, as is evidenced by McBrides firing, would probably be seeking to maintain any value left at SCO and as McBride said in another article "Wind it down".

Someone will pick this company up in a fire sale soon. It's probably only worth enough to pay it's lawyers.
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