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Re: gnome-session & charsh

I am bound to gnome for the program "gchempaint". In my experience, it
is the only program, freely available as gnu, that allows drawing
chemical structures as required by chemical journals.

jchempaint is based on gtk, therefore, in principle, it might run on
other window managers based on gtk. However, if not offered as
precompiled (as within gnome), it is extremely arduous to compile.

Otherwise, I am unhappy with gnome, not only for what I wrote, but
also because it lacks decent burners and pdf tools (I installed k3b
and okular from kde, to this purpose).

One should also take into account that VMD, used universally as 3D
viewer in combination with molecular dynamics and other science, looks
for GPU cards, to accelerate very heavy processes. I never tried if a
simple window manager provides adequate support to that.

What I blame of GNOME is that it wants to take possession of the
computer. "startxx" / "gnome-session" avoids this, but presently it
requires (perhaps) some extra settings, in order to avoid crashes. KDE
is even worse to this respect.

Finally, with so much automatic steps with gnome/kde, knowledge of
unix is being lost, people converge to microsoft/apple the more and


On Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 7:25 AM, Chris Bannister
<cbannister@slingshot.co.nz> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 03:34:35PM +0200, Francesco Pietra wrote:
>> I suggest that in Debian mirrors, gnome is so arranged that launching
>> it be an optional. In computational chemistry/biochemistry,
>> particularly with amd64, most work is at the linux prompt. Now, with
> It would be better not to install gnome at all then. Just install a
> basic window manager, and open an xterm as needed.
> --
> "If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people
> who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the
> oppressing." --- Malcolm X

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