Window shopping (IT Toolbox Blogs)

As I mentioned in the previous article I fell in love with the KDE window managing system. I say window managing system however, it is actually a lot more. A whole ecosystem or environment of programs so to speak.


So I stuck with KDE for a long while and turned up my nose at anything else. I even became evangelistic about it and recommended using the desktop environment in my fervour to convert anyone within earshot from Windows to Linux.


My reasoning was that the KDE desktop environment (hence the DE in KDE) is close enough to Windows that anyone could easily use Linux in the same manner they are used to when using the Windows operating system.


Life was good, life was fine and Linux was humming along happily for me and while I changed distributions pretty regularly I kept on using KDE as my graphical user interface of choice.


Then the developers brought out KDE 4 and as far as I was concerned it was a real pain in the rear end and not worth the bytes it was made of. So I started going through all of the window managers available to find my next go to graphical user interface.


I went through the extreme minimal window managers like rat poison to the almost but not quite KDE style LXDE and everything in between. I even dabbled in going full on keyboard commando and just not using a graphical user interface at all. That didn’t last long.


In the end I went back to an old favourite, Enlightenment. Version 17 to be precise. It had some bugs but was much better than the latest versions of KDE.


One window manager or desktop environment I never considered when doing my window shopping and that was gnome. I used it once and since then have never considered it at all, especially in it’s latest incantation.


Have you tried different window managers or desktop environments? What is most important for you? Is it speed, resource footprint or available features? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.


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