10 Sep 2002 bytesplit   » (Journeyer)

Is there a window manager out there that does it job well? My criteria are (a) ease of navigation between programs; and (b) pleasing to the eye. I think that KDE and Gnome are very pretty interfaces to Linux and Unix, but are too heavy. By heavy, I mean it is just too "busy". By busy I mean there is too much for the user to look at, there isn't enough room (without using more than one desktop) to work with.

That is why I moved to FluxBox. FluxBox is beautiful :) I hope I don't sound like a griper, but I have one. Maybe this is a browser issue. But, let me describe what happens. When I first open up a Mozilla session, the browser stays in its place, meaning that the FluxBox task bar is visible. Give it time, though. Soon the Mozilla window is covering the entire desktop, and you can't even see the 'x' (close) button :(

I really like how easy it is to configure the menu in FluxBox. However, some of my apps are not starting, at least I can't see them running. The programs are running in the background, however. It takes me running a 'killall <program name>' to stop the programs. In fact, it has gotten so bad that I have to switch to another console from X and reboot the machine. Whoa! I never thought about killing X from that other console, so I'll try that soon.

Very soon here, I am going to look into programming for Linux. I've pieced together a set of tools to use, still need to determine which graphics API I want to use. Tck? Gtk? Kde? Gnome? Any opinions are very welcome, and because I don't think this has anything to with "depends on personal need", and everything to do with what people as a whole are using, I am welcoming any suggestions on this.

tk, I see. If you can't stand reading what I have to say, and are really that persistent in refusing to admit that your actions were uncalled for, then do the easy thing. Ignore me :)

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