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Re: [OT] Why does X need so much CPU power?

On Monday 01 September 2003 22:46, Michael Heironimus wrote:
> If you want to run X on an older machine you should pick out a basic
> window manager you like and use that. If you're really stuck on the idea
> of a desktop environment you could also try XFce. Decide what it is that
> you think you really need from KDE and see what else will give you that.
> You can still use GNOME and KDE apps if the base systems are installed.
> There isn't much that you can't do (and usually do better) without GNOME
> or KDE.

as desktops, kde and gnome are complete hogs, both of which seem obsessively 
determined to win a race that no-one beyond their developers needs to give a 
rat's ass about. xfce is good. icewm is even less of a resource drain, and 
fluxbox is also excellent, but pwm is really the leanest window manager ever. 
personally, i'm hooked on kmail, which involves a whole lot more of kde than 
i'd rather have to use, but with pwm on a p2/166 laptop with 64megs of ram, 
it all works out just fine.


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